Who's who in gestational diabetes care

The professionals you will see at your diabetes clinic will depend on the set-up in your local area, but your team may include any of the following:

Health professional measuring pregnant woman's blood pressure.

The professionals you will see at your diabetes clinic will depend on the set-up in your local area, but your team may include any of the following:

  • a specialist midwife – there may be a diabetes midwife or clinic lead midwife, who will give you specialist support while you are pregnant, during the birth and after the birth. This may be in addition to your regular, community midwife.
  • an endocrinologist or diabetologist – a consultant doctor who specialises in diabetes
  • an obstetrician – a consultant doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth
  • a diabetes nurse specialist – a nurse specialising in caring for people with diabetes
  • a dietician – a healthcare professional who can provide advice on your diet.

These professionals will work alongside the other members of your healthcare team, such as your GP and your community midwife.

Who to contact

Your key point of contact will usually be your diabetes midwife or the diabetes nurse specialist. Make sure you are clear about who to contact, and how to get hold of them. Ideally you should have a direct telephone number or email address. Check what days they work.

"My advice to others would be, don’t be afraid to ask questions of the midwives, the consultants, and all the other people carrying out the tests. Ask them how things can affect you, and try to stay healthy."Gemma, mum of one

As well as the care that you will get from the healthcare team, there are some things that you will need to do for yourself: monitoring your own blood glucose levels, and possibly taking tablets or insulin.

 

Sources

  • Infographic that reads 'the glycaemic index'

    Understanding the glycaemic index

    The glycaemic index is a measure of how quickly sugars are released into the bloodstream.

  • Woman's feet standing on scales

    Managing your weight and gestational diabetes

    Women who are overweight are at higher risk of developing gestational diabetes, although many women who develop it are not overweight at all.

  • Pregnant woman swimming.

    Staying active with gestational diabetes

    Exercise during pregnancy has a wide range of benefits for you and your baby. If you have gestational diabetes, you have even more reason to exercise: it can help reduce your blood glucose.

  • A bowl of tuna nicoise salad.

    Meal ideas for diabetes

    These meal ideas offer some suggestions for meals that could help control your glucose levels, but you will need to use trial and error to find out what works best for you.

  • A plate of healthy food.

    Healthy eating with gestational diabetes

    If you have diabetes in pregnancy, your choice of food is an important part of managing your condition.

  • Pregnant woman carrying yoga mat and water bottle.

    Treatment for gestational diabetes

    Gestational diabetes is normally treated using a combination of methods: medication and self-care, including diet and exercise.

  • Screenshot from video of how to test your glucose levels.

    Monitoring your own glucose levels

    If you have gestational diabetes, measuring your own blood glucose levels will become something you do regularly. It’s very important - it helps to guide your treatment and lifestyle, to reduce the risks for you and your baby.

  • Woman testing her glucose levels.

    Treatment - diabetes self-care

    Once you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you will need to monitor your blood glucose through each day. Depending on what your healthcare team have said, you may also be prescribed some tablets or insulin injections.

  • Woman's blood sugar levels being tested.

    Hypoglycaemia and pregnancy

    Hypoglycaemia happens when your blood glucose levels drop too low. This is more likely to happen if you treat your diabetes with insulin. If you treat your diabetes with diet or metformin alone, you are generally not at risk.

Last reviewed on March 1st, 2015. Next review date March 1st, 2018.

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