I’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. What should I do now?

Get as much support and information as you can to help you and your baby have the best possible outcome.

  • If you are in the public hospital system you will mostly likely see an endocrinologist and/or diabetes educator and probably a dietitian. If you are in private care you may be referred to a public hospital that already has an established diabetes clinic or you may be referred privately to an endocrinologist and/ or diabetes educator and/ or dietitian. It’s important to feel comfortable with the level of care you are getting and get further help if you need it.
  • Make exercise a part of your day from the day of diagnosis. You need to keep active to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. Be realistic and choose activities that fit in with your workday, lifestyle, kids, partner, ability and budget. It is recommended you undertake 30 minutes of activity each day unless your obstetrician has advised you not to exercise. High intensity exercise is not needed, nor recommended. You may like to try splitting the 30 minutes across the day like walking for 10-15 minutes after 2-3 of your meals.
  • Visit our ‘Eating Well’ section and start using GestationalDiabetesRecipes regularly to help you plan and cook delicious meals that work with your recommended diet. Share your story with the community here and learn more about living positively with gestational diabetes.