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Blood glucose testing experiences of pregnant women
The University of Sydney is looking for women living with diabetes to participate in a study into blood glucose testing experiences and preferences during pregnancy. Find out more.
Seeking consumer input—what to pack for hospital?
Diabetes Australia is seeking expressions of interest from women living with diabetes to provide input into a checklist of ‘what to pack for hospital when you are having a baby’ for the NDSS pregnancy and diabetes e-newsletter. Participants* who assist will receive a $25 gift voucher as a token of appreciation. Email Mel Morrison for more information.
*Note that a limited number of consumers are being sought to complete this review, so not everyone who contacts us may be able to participate. Participants will be sent a $25 Coles or Woolworths shopping voucher as a token of appreciation once feedback has been received.
Having a healthy baby booklets
The NDSS Having a healthy baby booklets are for women living with diabetes who are planning a pregnancy now or in the future. Separate booklets are available for women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. To order your free copy phone the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700 or download a copy online.
- Having a healthy baby: a guide to planning and managing pregnancy for women with type 1 diabetes booklet (PDF)
- Having a healthy baby: a guide to planning and managing pregnancy for women with type 2 diabetes booklet (PDF)
Does having a twin pregnancy affect my diabetes management?
If you are pregnant with twins, you will need closer monitoring of your pregnancy by your health professionals. You may be more likely to have morning sickness and pregnancy-related health problems such as high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia. The amount of weight you will be recommended to gain during pregnancy will also be higher (but not double!).
Other than slightly higher insulin requirements during mid-pregnancy, all other aspects of diabetes management are usually the same.
Women pregnant with twins are more likely to need to deliver their babies early and are more likely to be induced or deliver by caesarean section. Your team of health professionals will closely monitor your pregnancy and discuss options for delivery with you.
Care for women with type 2 diabetes before pregnancy
Research from the UK has shown that a community based awareness program in general practice can improve pregnancy preparation among women with type 2 diabetes. The program included providing pamphlets about pregnancy and contraception to women with type 2 diabetes and extra resources and support for participating general practices.
During and after the program, more women were likely to have blood glucose levels in the target range at conception, be taking a folic acid supplement and be ‘optimally’ prepared for pregnancy than before the pre-pregnancy care program was introduced. Read the full article.