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Diabetes screening offered too late in pregnancy

Diabetes screening in pregnancy is offered to women who are at risk between 24 and 28 weeks. However new research has found that screening at this stage of pregnancy may be ‘too late’ as the baby would have already grown excessively between 20 and 28 weeks, before the diagnosis following screening.

Gestational diabetes increases the likelihood that the child will develop obesity and diabetes, therefore this research highlights important points regarding timing of screening diabetes in pregnancy.

Full study can be found here:
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2016/03/31/dc16-0160.abstract

Article written by Emily Seddon

Emily is a midwife with many years of experience. She is passionate about supporting midwives of the future. As a clinical mentor, student link and being on university interview panels, she knows what it takes to get a place!

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