The number of women with Type 2 diabetes who are becoming pregnant has increased by almost 50 per cent in five years ... serious pregnancy complications, including major congenital malformation, stillbirth and death of the child shortly after birth, fell for women who received pre-pregnancy care.
As well as having diabetes, the women in the study also had other factors that increased risks during pregnancy such as age over 40 years andweighing more than 100kg at the start of pregnancy.
It has been known for some time that women with diabetes have high-risk pregnancies. As more and more women of child-bearing age are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes it is crucial that they have access to appropriate care and support before and during pregnancy.
To improve the chances of all women with diabetes having a healthy pregnancy, Diabetes UK wants to see them ... provided with preconception care and counseling that emphasises the need to keep tight control of their diabetes ...