I have diabetes and want to get pregnant. Do I need to take extra care?

If you are planning a pregnancy you will want to make sure your diabetes control is really good and that the medication you are taking is suitable during pregnancy. It is important to talk to your GP practice team about your plans. They may refer you to a diabetic specialist nurse for support with controlling your diabetes before and during your pregnancy.

Diabetic specialist nurses can also offer help and support if you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes (raised blood glucose diagnosed during pregnancy).

Special care needs to be taken of your eyes if you are pregnant and have diabetes since retinopathy (damage to the ‘seeing’ part of your eyes) can increase. Extra eye checks are recommended during pregnancy to help spot any problems early on.