3 key changes GPs should know when it comes to pregnant patients

Vitamin D status ditched and hepatitis C screening advised under new guidelines

Offering pregnant women routine testing for their vitamin D status is not recommended, and pregnancy weight is back on the table, according to updated guidelines. 

The revamped Department of Health’s Clinical Practice Guidelines: Pregnancy Care, released earlier this year, combine two previous editions (2012 and 2014) into a single document.

Eleven topics have been updated, and information has been added on substance use in pregnancy.

In a summary published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday, the authors highlight three key areas of change for GPs and other doctors on the basis of new evidence.

“Routine testing of all pregnant women for vitamin D status and subsequent vitamin supplementation is not supported by evidence and should cease as the benefits and harms of vitamin D supplementation remain unclear,” write the authors, led by Professor Caroline Homer, co