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Gestational Diabetes

Real-life Stories: Moms-to-be on Bed Rest

"The ladies I met online while on bed rest were like virtual nurses!”

- Casey Mclendon, Kannapolis, N.C.

 

Newborn Screenings

Most moms-to-be have planned everything before baby arrives: The hospital bag has been packed, the baby's nursery is in order and birthing classes have been completed. However, despite their best efforts, those first hours after birth remain a blur for most women.

Bittersweet

Besides being an “older” mom, Cecilia Paetsch had no risk factors for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM, or high blood sugar during pregnancy). “i thought it was really only a concern for obese women, and my weight wasn’t an issue,” says the 35-year-old attorney from Northbrook, Ill.

The Natural Approach to Good Health

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.

Start Exercising Sooner in Pregnancy If You're Heavy

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.

Home Birth Boom

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).

Gestational Diabetes Versus Unwanted Interventions

Deborah is 36 weeks pregnant and has gestational diabetes. She’s been careful about diet and exercise and has maintained very stable blood sugar levels. Her doctor, however, is warning her she’ll probably need to be induced at 39 weeks and may need a c-section.

33 Reasons To Exercise Now

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

Gestational Diabetes On The Rise

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.

Pregnancy Weight-Gain Debate

 

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.  

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