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Gestational Diabetes

    Understanding Gestational Diabetes - A Practical Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
An excellent brochure from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
   Pregnancy, Diabetes and Your Feet
To decrease your chances of foot problems during and after pregnancy follow these steps.
   Treating Even Mild Gestational Diabetes Reduces Birth Complications - Study Shows Clear Benefits for Infants and Mothersh ~ From The National Institutes of Health (NIH), September 2009
   How the Fastest Growing Pregnancy Complications Are Closely Related
It should come as no surprise that the obesity and diabetes epidemic in this country is having a significant effect on the population of pregnant women. Nearly 70% of all pregnancy complications can be traced to both morbid obesity and diabetes. Learn more from Charles Hux, MD.
   Gestational Diabetes
During pregnancy your body produces a new group of hormones. Some of these hormones cause your blood sugar to rise slightly to help provide nutrients for your baby. However, if blood sugar climbs too high during pregnancy, the risk of complications will increase. Excessively high blood sugars during pregnancy are always treated because they increase risks for both mother and baby at time of birth.
   Gestational Diabetes Diet Question
I'm wondering if there is a point in the pregnancy when I won't need to worry about my blood sugar levels anymore. Is insulin really necessary if my levels stay consistently up but I'm close to the end of my pregnancy? A question and answer by Barbara Parker, RN, ARNP, CNM.
   Should All Pregnant Women Be Tested for Gestational Diabetes?
Under pressure from insurance providers to cut corners whenever possible, doctors struggle with the question of which tests or procedures can be safely eliminated and which cannot. One test that has come under scrutiny is laboratory testing for gestational diabetes (GD).
   Gestational Diabetes Risk Tied to First-Trimester Weight Gain, Study Finds ~ From The National Partnership for Women & Families, February 2010

Personal Stories
   Michelle A ~ Gestational Diabetes, insulin dependent
   Hey Moms! We need your gestational diabetes success stories. Click here to submit yours!


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