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Diabetes clinic

Reproductive life planning for women with diabetes

JOSEPHINE LAURIE, David McIntyre

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Abstract

With the rising incidence of pregestational and gestational diabetes, reproductive life planning relies on a key question from every healthcare provider at every medical encounter with women of reproductive age – ‘Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?’ Appropriate preconception planning and intervention results in a reduction in adverse outcomes for mother and child.

Article Extract

Diabetes is a chronic and burdensome disease. For women with diabetes in the preconception phase, we propose a shift in focus from chronic disease management to ‘having a healthy baby’, aiming to engage women with diabetes self-management and their healthcare providers. It is important to temper education and risk counselling with supporting the woman in her desire to experience a normal and exciting life event.1

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