Doctors have long struggled to understand why some women develop gestational diabetes and others don’t. Extra weight plays a role, but many slim, otherwise healthy women find their blood glucose inching higher during pregnancy. What else could be going on?
I’m in the home stretch now. Just about 12 weeks (plus or minus) until I can finally meet my baby boy Finn! The main overriding themes right now are continued low back pain, and being sleepier than I have been.
You’ve heard plenty about the childhood obesity epidemic. What you may not know is that moms-to-be are contributing to the problem. When women weigh too much at conception or gain too much during pregnancy, they can set their children on the path to obesity and add to the next generation’s weight struggles.
"The ladies I met online while on bed rest were like virtual nurses!”
- Casey Mclendon, Kannapolis, N.C.
When I was six months pregnant, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and had to start testing my blood four times a day, alter my diet and go on medication.
We had some really great replies to last week’s post about bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections. A few readers mentioned they’d had great results getting their personal flora and fauna in order by using probiotics or garlic, cutting out sugar and other non-medicinal methods. I’ve said it before, but want to be sure and mention it again: It’s normal to have yeast and bacteria in the vagina.
Heavy moms-to-be who follow a regular workout regimen are more likely to stay within the recommended weight-gain guidelines, according to a study of 82 second-trimester women published in the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. And it's best to start exercising earlier in pregnancy rather than later.
Sticking close to home is a must for some moms-to-be. Especially when we're talking about giving birth.
Home births jumped 29 percent in the time period from 2004 to 2009, "its highest level since researchers began collecting data 20 years earlier," according to an MSNBC.com report based on figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The benefits of moving more during pregnancy begin immediately and last your whole life. Your baby will start reaping the benefits in utero, too. Here’s a laundry list of reasons to start exercising today, along with excuse-busting ways to overcome some common obstacles.
1. You’re likely to gain less weight. Research shows you might put on 7 pounds less than pregnant women who don’t work out, while still staying within the healthy weight-gain range.
A study of nearly 1 million pregnant U.S. women shows that up to one-third are not being screened for gestational diabetes and could develop this condition while they're expecting without even knowing it, USA Today reports.
A lack of diagnosis means that the diabetes is not being treated, which puts these babies at risk.
Nearly 30 percent of American women today are obese when they begin their pregnancies. This means they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, as would a 5-foot-4-inch woman who weighs 175 pounds. Now, how much weight these women should gain while pregnant is being debated.