Diabetes care areas - click here to navigate to care area page
- Cardiovascular care
- Children and young people
- Diagnosis and ongoing care
- Emotional and psychological support
- End of life
- Equality in diabetes
- Prevention and risk management
- Eye services
- Emergency and inpatient
- Kidney care
- Mental health and learning difficulties
- Neuropathy care
- Services for older people
- User involvement
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Preconception (Pre-pregnancy) Care for Women with Pre-existing Diabetes
Diabetes can cause a range of problems in pregnancy, during delivery
and for the baby after birth. Of particular concern is the increase in
congenital abnormalities (birth defects) in this group. While 1 in 100
babies are born with a congenital abnormality, this risk is increased 2 -
3 fold in women with diabetes. Effective preconception care can reduce
these risks. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
lists preconception care as a key priority to improving pregnancy
outcomes in women with diabetes.
All women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes considering pregnancy should be referred for preconception care to a specialist service.
These web pages provide information for commissioners, professionals involved in the care of women with diabetes, and women with diabetes themselves to commission, deliver and receive effective preconception care in order to improve pregnancy outcomes for women with diabetes.
Please click the relevant link below: