In women with diabetes who come late in their pregnancy for antenatal care, it is difficult to calculate how many weeks pregnant they are, and hence difficult to optimize the time of delivery. Serious complications of diabetes can deteriorate and there is a high incidence of major birth defects in the babies. These abnormalities arise in the first ten weeks of pregnancy, which may be before a woman even knows she is pregnant or before she would come for antenatal care. It has been clearly shown that the better the control of blood glucose levels in very early pregnancy, the greater the chance that the fetus will develop normally. Therefore, for optimum outcome women should consult their healthcare professionals before they become pregnant.
pregnancy, fetus, pre-pregnancy care