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NICE advises on diabetes in pregnancy

GPs should aim to keep pregnant women with diabetes to a fasting blood glucose between 3.5 and 5.9 mmol/l and 1-hour postprandial blood glucose below 7.8 mmol/l, NICE guidance recommends.

The institute's has issued new advice on the management of diabetes in pregnancy, before, during and after having a baby.

Women diagnosed with gestational diabetes should also be offered lifestyle advice including weight control, diet and exercise, and a fasting plasma glucose measurement at the 6-week postnatal check and annually thereafter.

NICE also published guidance on the general care of women during pregnancy this week, with a stress on lifestyle advice and genetic screening.

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