Gestational diabetes mellitus – also known as GDM, is diabetes which can occur during pregnancy. Many women who’ve been diagnosed with GDM won’t have diabetes after their baby is born, though some continue to have high levels of blood glucose and need treatment. Most women who are diagnosed with GDM have a normal pregnancy, labour and baby. It’s important that GDM is monitored and controlled, because risk factors increase when blood sugar levels remain high.
At some stage in late pregnancy most women long to find a comfortable position, at any time of the day or night. As their baby grows and nears term, the mother’s own organs and tissues need to compete for space. There’s a limit to how much room can be shared in one belly.
One of the joys of pregnancy is to feel our baby’s movements, though it can seem like a long wait until those first little flutters make themselves clear. Your baby is unique and will have their own way of moving around.
Driving during pregnancy can present a unique set of risks - it pays to be as informed as possible about the facts.
Currently in Australia, there is no recommendation for pregnant women to stop driving. And it’s not illegal in any Australian State or Territory to drive during pregnancy. The same road rules apply to all drivers, pregnant or otherwise. But pregnancy itself is not a reason to stop driving.