Pregestational diabetes is described when a woman with diabetes before the onset of pregnancy becomes pregnant and consequently she is vulnerable to higher risk for adverse outcomes in the embryo/foetus. Strict glycaemic control, with minimal glucose variability, starting from before conception and maintained throughout pregnancy decreases significantly adverse foetal and maternal outcomes; maternal hypoglycaemic episodes are the major barrier in achieving this goal. Insulin degludec is an ultralong-acting analogue, which has half-life of over 25 h and full duration of effect of more than 42 h, reaching a steady-state serum concentration after 2–3 days of its administration. It promotes flat, steady, peakless and predictable insulin concentrations, with minor intra-individual and inter-individual variability. It also exerts a low mitogenic/metabolic potency ratio. This review examines thoroughly all current evidence of the administration of insulin degludec in pregestational diabetes as well as its future role in this population.
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