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For women with type 2 diabetes

Unexpected pregnancy

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

What to do if you think you’re pregnant?

If your pregnancy is unexpected or you find that you are pregnant sooner than you intended, make an urgent appointment with your doctor and diabetes team. It’s important at this time to get as much information and support as you can.

Finding out about an unexpected 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 doesn’t mean that you won‘t have a healthy baby. Early contact with your health professionals is vital—they will work with you to achieve the best outcome for you and your baby.

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.

Diabetes Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this Country. We recognise their connection to land, waters, winds and culture. We pay the upmost respect to them, their cultures and to their Elders, past and present. We are committed to improving health outcomes for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by diabetes and those at risk.

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