Diabetes In Pregnancy

Aurora Maternal Metabolic Center

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Video 1-5: Batul Valika, MD, details the various metabolic conditions treated at the Aurora Maternal Metabolic Center.
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For women with diabetes in pregnancy, thyroid disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or other endocrine issues, the Aurora Maternal Metabolic Center offers experienced, specialized case before, during and after pregnancy.

Controlling blood sugar is important to the health of both mother and baby. Glucose in the mother’s blood passes through the placenta to provide energy for her baby. High blood sugar levels in the mother also lead to high blood sugar in the developing baby and can cause:

  • Birth defects
  • Increased birth weight
  • Increased risk of complications during delivery
  • Miscarriage

Most women with diabetes have a safe pregnancy and delivery. Complications occur less frequently when blood sugar levels are carefully monitored and controlled.

Our Team

The multidisciplinary team of specialists at Aurora Maternal Metabolic Center includes:

  • A board-certified endocrinology physician with advanced training in reproductive medicine
  • Board-certified maternal fetal medicine physicians with expertise in medically-complicated obstetrics and prenatal screening.
  • Diabetes education
  • Exercise and wellness education
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Support services

Conditions We Treat

Aurora Health Care offers expert care to help women manage diabetes in pregnancy and other metabolic and hormonal issues that are complicated by pregnancy including:

  • Diabetes mellitus: type 1, type 2 and gestational
  • Maternal obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Previous history of gestational diabetes
  • Thyroid disease

For comprehensive care from prenatal planning and a closely monitored pregnancy to a safe delivery and follow-up care, the Aurora Maternal Metabolic Center at Aurora Women's Pavilion helps nurture healthy pregnancies and optimize the health and safety of mom and baby.


Please call 414-855-2912 for information about either of our locations:

Aurora Women's Pavilion of Aurora West Allis Medical Center            
Aurora Women's Pavilion in Franklin (Use entrance located on the west side of the building)