Pregnancy & Diabetes

Planning your pregnancy:

Women with well controlled diabetes have the same ability to become pregnant as women without diabetes. There are important steps to take to reduce the risks for you and your baby. Review the following brochure for steps to follow before you try getting pregnant. Pre-Pregnancy Information Brochure

Gestational Diabetes:

If you have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes your family physician will be referring you to a Kingston Health Sciences Centre (Kingston General Hospital site) clinic for high risk pregnancies.  You will see an Obstetrician, Endocrinologist, Diabetes Nurse Educator, and Registered Dietitian at this appointment.

You can view a PDF brochure on Gestational Diabetes on the Diabetes Canada website.

You will need to start monitoring your blood glucose levels with a blood glucose meter.

This meter can be obtained from a pharmacy or your local Diabetes Education Centre.  You can also get a free meter at the clinic appointment.
Here some helpful Facts about Glucose Monitoring.

Keep a record of all your blood glucose levels (follow the example below).

DateBefore breakfastOne hour after breakfastOne hour after lunchOne hour after supper
October 34.97.38.910.1
October 45.46.29.012
October 55.98.27.311.7

 

Test your blood glucose levels before breakfast, and one hour after each meal (one hour after the first bite of food). 

The target levels are under 5.3 mmol/L before breakfast, and under 7.8 mmol/L one hour after each meal.

 If your blood glucose levels are higher than this you may be starting insulin at your appointment with the Endocrinologist and Diabetes Nurse Educator.

This resource provides information about insulin and how to begin taking insulin to manage blood sugar.  

It is important to eat properly while you are pregnant.  You will see a Registered Dietitian at your appointment but until then you can read about healthy eating at the following link: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthy-eating/gestational-diabetes

It is important to eat properly while you are pregnant.  You will see a Registered Dietitian at your appointment but until then you can read about healthy eating at the following link:
https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthy-eating/gestational-diabetes


You will be seen throughout your pregnancy at regular intervals.


After the baby is born:

Both you and your baby are at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in years to come.  It is beneficial to make some changes in food, weight, and lifestyle now.  Once the baby is born please take time to read this resource describing the importance and timing of post-partum testing for type 2 diabetes offered by the Diabetes Canada website.