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Pre-conceptual Care

Pregnancy may be very far from your thoughts but it is essential that you are aware that it is advisable for women with diabetes to plan their pregnancy carefully. Having diabetes does unfortunately slightly increase the risk of problems in pregnancy and with the baby. This can be minimised however by optimising your diabetes control, ideally for 3 months prior to conception and during the pregnancy. Folic acid 5mg should also be started prior to conception. 

If you are thinking of pregnancy you should book an appointment at the surgery or speak to a member of your diabetes team. 

Further information is available on the Diabetes UK site at :


Queen's University Belfast 'Women with Diabetes' page:

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