Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology

Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Westmead Hospital

Prepregnancy Planning for Diabetes Clinic

It is important for women who have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or prediabetes (impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose) to plan their pregnancy. This allows for one’s glucose control to be optimised prior to pregnancy. In pregnancy glucose levels should be lower than when one is not pregnant.

There are also a number of other issues such as medication, the presence of diabetes complications (especially diabetes related eye complications, and kidney complications), other co-existent conditions which need to be well managed. Failure to adequately manage diabetes in pregnancy increases the risk to the baby but these risks can be reduced with improved glucose levels and appropriate treatment.

As the most important time for the baby’s development is the first trimester, it is important that the diabetes is addressed prior to conception.

This clinic aims to ensure that women with diabetes have the best possible preparation for pregnancy.

It is held on the second Wednesday of every month, February to December.

Appointments

For appointments please telephone (02) 8890 6544.

Referrals

A valid referral to one of the Endocrinologists is required.

Staff

A/Prof N Wah Cheung

Dr Sylvia Lim-Tio