Hypos and hypers

While you are pregnant, you will be at much higher risk of hypoglycaemia – especially in the early weeks. At the same time, you may not have your usual early warning signs (hypo unawareness), and the symptoms may be more severe than usual.

It’s a good idea to ‘share’ these pages with close friends and family, so they know what to do if you become unwell.

Depending on your experience of diabetes in the past, you may already be well practised in dealing with hypos, but you may find yourself getting them more often in pregnancy.

In pregnancy there are likely to be some fluctuations despite your best efforts, so it’s important to be realistic, while doing your best to stay healthy and in control. If you’re having trouble, tell your healthcare team as they may be able to recommend some slight changes to your treatment regime that could help.

Your baby needs your blood glucose levels to be within the recommended range – which your healthcare team will discuss with you.

Read more about hypoglycaemia in pregnancy

Read more about hyperglycaemia in pregnancy

Read more about self-care with diabetes in pregnancy

More sections on type 1 or 2 diabetes in pregnancy

Last reviewed on September 1st, 2015. Next review date September 1st, 2017.

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