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5 Numbers Women with Diabetes Should Know Before Pregnancy

Suzanne Yancey Bush, MD, Laura Ambler, DO


Pregnancies with diabetes are increasing in the United States4.Much has been written for the physician about the importance of medical care before a woman becomes pregnant to achieve the best results for both mom and baby. Physicians refer to the care before pregnancy as preconception counseling. Many countries as well as the US, have guidelines for the care of women with diabetes. These guidelines agree that preconception counseling should be routine for all women with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus1, but some studies have found that only 50% of women1 receive this vital care. We propose a simple way that a woman with diabetes can advocate for a healthy pregnancy by knowing 5 Numbers. These 5 Numbers can make a positive difference in the mothers health and that of her unborn baby. Although these 5 numbers are not all there is to being ready to become pregnant, knowing these 5 numbers can help start the conversation with her physicians and begin the journey to the very best she can be before a pregnancy.

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