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Gestational Diabetes

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

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?

Week 28: Testing Positive for Gestational Diabetes

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.            

How Pregnancy Weight Gain Could Contribute to the Obesity Epidemic

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.

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.

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.

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.


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 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.