Gestational diabetes

Diabetes that develops during pregnancy is known as gestational diabetes. It occurs because your body cannot produce enough insulin (a hormone important in controlling blood glucose) to meet its extra needs in pregnancy. This results in high blood glucose levels. Gestational diabetes usually starts in the middle or towards the end of pregnancy.

This information is for you if you wish to know more about diabetes that develops in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) or have been told that you have gestational diabetes.

It tells you:

  • what gestational diabetes is
  • how it is diagnosed
  • what extra antenatal care you can expect
  • what this diagnosis means for you and your baby, now and in the future.

The leaflet can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking on the link below: