It is important to complete an individual risk assessment for your patient and to apply the principles of prescribing during pregnancy when looking at the available information and making treatment decisions. Check to see if a risk assessment has already been completed by the specialist team.
Untreated or inadequately treated diabetes can have adverse effects on the mother and therefore on the foetus.
NICE guideline [NG3] Diabetes in pregnancy: management from preconception to the postnatal period provides comprehensive guidance on overall condition management. This guideline includes recommendations on:
- preconception planning and care
- diagnosing and managing gestational diabetes
- antenatal care
- intrapartum care
- neonatal care
- postnatal care, including ongoing blood glucose testing for women who have had gestational diabetes
You should check if there is local guidance for you to use in your area.
Pregnancy outcome information
Each of the UKTIS summaries has corresponding Best Use of Medicine in Pregnancy (BUMPS) patient information.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) provide information about gestational diabetes.
The Medicines A-Z has a summary statement on the use in pregnancy of the common antidiabetic medicines.