Unplanned pregnancy

Women with type 1 diabetes

What to do if you think you’re pregnant?

Pregnancy for women with diabetes is all about being prepared, but in reality unplanned pregnancies can happen.

What to do if you think you’re pregnant

If you have an unplanned pregnancy, make an urgent appointment with your doctor and diabetes team to discuss your options and any concerns you may have. You may be unsure about what you want to do, so you need to get as much information as you can.

Finding out about an unplanned pregnancy may come as a shock. There are many emotions you may experience and there is no right or wrong way to feel at this time. If you’re worried, confused or uncertain, talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling.

Having diabetes does not mean your pregnancy shouldn’t continue or that you won’t have a healthy baby. Early contact with your health professionals is vital and can help improve the chances of a healthy pregnancy. 

Your diabetes team can help you manage your diabetes during pregnancy. It’s important to discuss changes to your diabetes management with your health professionals – this includes blood glucose targets, insulin doses and a review of all the medications you are taking, to check if they are safe to use during pregnancy.

Your health professionals can also refer you to local services for counselling and support at this time.