Labour and birth

Women with type 1 diabetes

Planning for labour and delivery

Your diabetes in pregnancy team will work with you towards the ultimate goal of having a healthy baby. As a woman with diabetes it may be possible for you to have a full term delivery and natural birth. However, your doctor will probably recommend delivering your baby at around 38-39 weeks or even earlier if there are problems during your pregnancy.

Reasons for earlier delivery may include high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia, your baby becoming too big or perhaps not growing enough. Occasionally it may also be because your diabetes is getting difficult to manage or if there is a concern about a fall in your insulin requirements or your baby’s activity level.

Your diabetes in pregnancy team will discuss what to expect during labour and delivery. This will include a plan for insulin adjustment, blood glucose management and who to contact if you go into labour earlier than expected.