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Generally, women with gestational diabetes will have a pregnancy that progresses normally and without complication. Most women are able to have a normal vaginal delivery but are more likely to have a caesarean section than women without gestational diabetes. A delivery plan will be discussed with you closer to your delivery date.

Labour may also be induced earlier than the due date if concerns with the pregnancy arise. For example, if the baby grows too large.

During labour, your baby's heart beat will be monitored closely, as will your blood glucose levels (particularly if you were treated with insulin). In situations where treatment has involved high doses of insulin, an insulin and glucose infusion (also known as a drip) may be required.

Within days after delivery of your baby, your blood glucose levels will usually return to normal. Your health care team will adivse you how often to monitor your blood glucose. When your levels have returned to normal (between 4mmol/L to 8 mmol/L) monitoring is no longer required.

If you were treated with insulin this will be stoped when your baby is born.

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The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.