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Many women with diabetes are unprepared for pregnancy complications, audit finds

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5696 (Published 21 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5696
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

A large proportion of women with diabetes are inadequately prepared for pregnancy, as uncontrolled blood glucose and failure to take recommended doses of folic acid puts them and their babies at increased risk of complications, a UK audit has found.1

The annual National Pregnancy in Diabetes Audit measures the quality of care and outcomes in women with pregestational diabetes who are pregnant or planning pregnancy, by analysing data collected by antenatal diabetes services in England, Wales, and the Isle of Man.

The latest audit from 2015 analysed data on 3044 pregnancies in 3036 women with diabetes …

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