Diabetes and pregnancy
We offer specialist diabetes care and advice during your pregnancy, including antenatal care and group information sessions.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) our antenatal appointments and group education is not currently face to face. Instead, you will receive an information pack and a phone call from the nurse and dietitian wherever possible.
Your antenatal appointment
Antenatal clinic appointments are held on a Monday morning from 9am to midday in the Women’s Centre at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
You will see the diabetes team, which includes:
- a consultant
- a specialist nurse
- a dietitian
This provides you with the best possible care and advice from all members of the multidisciplinary team during 1 clinic visit.
You may also have a scan and see the obstetrician and midwife on the same day. If this is the case, you may be sent 3 separate appointment letters or appointment times.
If you are having a scan, please arrive at your scan appointment time. You will see the diabetes and obstetric teams straight after your scan, regardless of the appointment times shown on your letters.
You should bring the following to every antenatal appointment:
- your blood glucose diary
- your blood glucose meter
There may be a wait to be seen in this clinic due to the large numbers of people the team have to see.
Gestational diabetes group session
If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you will be invited to attend a group education session with the diabetes team.
You will also see:
- a diabetes specialist nurse
- a diabetes specialist dietitian
- a health care assistant
The group session explains what a diagnosis of gestational diabetes will mean for your pregnancy and the potential treatments you may need will be discussed. You will be shown how to test your blood glucose levels.
A dietitian will also discuss diet and physical activity recommendations.
Sessions are held on Monday afternoons at 1.15pm in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and on Tuesday afternoons at 1pm in Cheltenham General Hospital. These sessions are facilitated by a diabetes specialist nurse and a diabetes specialist dietitian.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything further, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.