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Pregnancy and Diabetes

Women diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy are at risk for serious complications. Gestational diabetes appears in women with no previous history of diabetes, usually during the last half of pregnancy. The cause is unknown, but hormones, genetics and obesity all play a role. Good prenatal care is essential for a safe, healthy delivery.

Gestational Diabetes Toolbox

If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes or have a high risk, you may be worried about complications and risks of pregnancy and birth. Learn what to watch out for and then how to lower your risks. Here is helpful information to guide you.

Preexisting Diabetes and Pregnancy Toolbox

You may wonder if you can get pregnant or what is in store with preexisting diabetes and pregnancy. You need to know the risks and how to reduce the chances of complications. Here is a checklist of helpful information if you are dealing with maternal diabetes in pregnancy.

Diabetes and Pregnancy
Women with diabetes should have a complete physical examination before becoming pregnant. Most major organ systems are formed in the growing fetus during the first seven weeks after conception. This phase -- when some women do not know that they are pregnant -- is widely considered the most critical time of development in the entire human lifespan.

What You Need to Know about Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes Testing
If you are pregnant, your obstetrician has probably told you that you will need gestational diabetes testing. Gestational diabetes testing is an important part of routine prenatal care.

Risk Factors For Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes is a condition that affects about 4% of all pregnant women. It usually appears midway through the second trimester and disappears after the birth of the baby. It is not permanent. How do you know if you are at risk for developing gestational diabetes?

Health Risks of Pregnancy
Chronic health problems such as diabetes need to be addressed with your OBGYN, at the onset of your pregnancy.

Infants of Diabetic Mothers
According to A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center, All infants of diabetic mothers should be tested for hypoglycemia, even if they have no apparent symptoms. Good prenatal care is also essential when mom has diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes usually becomes apparent during the 24th to 28th weeks of pregnancy. In many cases, the blood glucose level returns to normal after delivery, states A.D.A.M. Healthcare Center.

Who Works in the NICU?
If your baby needs to be in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), who will be there to take care of him or her? Meet the variety of practioners and support staff that work in the NICU.

Dogs for Diabetes
Dogs really are man's best friend. They provide companionship and service. I'm sure you have heard of dogs for diabetes patients. Some are trained. Some have a natural ability and desire to sense when hypoglycemia is developing. This is my story of how my dog saved not only my life, but that of my unborn son when I was pregnant with diabetes.

Answers For Gestational Diabetes
Mamashealth.com is a great site to answer all your questions about not only gestational diabetes, but also anything under the sun, concerning your pregnancy.

Can You Prevent Diabetes?
The National Institute of Health says studies show that people who are at risk for Type II diabetes can delay or entirely prevent the onset of diabetes by losing weight, and changing their lifestyle.

Preexisting Diabetes and Pregnancy Risks
When you have preexisting diabetes, what are the pregnancy risks? Is it possible to have a healthy baby?

Gestational Diabetes Risks
Learn about the risks of gestational diabetes for both mother and baby.

Can I Get Pregnant if I Have Diabetes?
Looking for information on preexisting diabetes and pregnancy? Do you wonder if you can have a baby?

How To Reduce Preexisting Diabetes in Pregnancy Risks
Preexisting diabetes in pregnancy causes higher risks for complications. Learn what you can do to lower your risks.

Blood Sugar and Pregnancy
In preexisting diabetes and pregnancy, tight blood sugar control is vital. Learn about blood sugar and pregnancy.

How To Reduce Gestational Diabetes-Related Pregnancy Risks
Gestational diabetes risks include macrosomia, hypoglycemia in infants, jaundice and respiratory distress syndrome. Learn how to reduce the chances for these risks and complications.

Pregnancy and Blood Sugar – Tips for Tight Pregnancy Blood Sugar Levels
Here are some tips to gain tight control of your blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Whether you have gestational diabetes or preexisting diabetes in pregnancy, the key to lowering risks is the same—keep your pregnancy blood sugar levels in control. Read tips and advice from women who have done it.

Gestational Diabetes
Information about gestational diabetes, symptoms, causes, risks, tests, and treatments. Learn more about gestational diabetes, the most common pregnancy problem women in American encounter.

Hypoglycemia in Pregnancy
Hypoglycemia in pregnancy is a concern for pregnant women who have either preexisting diabetes or gestational diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes Definition
Definition of gestational diabetes, the most common problem encountered in pregnancy.

Diabetes and Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is not only possible with diabetes, it comes with benefits. Find out what you need to know about breastfeeding with type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes in Pregnancy Diet Planning
Pre-planning and customizing a diet plan for pregnancy goes a long way to reducing risks and making you feel empowered. This is true whether you have gestational diabetes or pre-existing diabetes in pregnancy. Here are some things to consider when working with your healthcare team to tailor a plan just for you.

Gestational Diabetes Recipes and Meal Ideas
Gestational diabetes recipes and some snack and meal ideas to assist in meal planning.

Gestational Diabetes Symptoms
Gestational diabetes symptoms are usually nonexistent. If they do appear, they may be mild and hard to spot. Here is some information on what to look for and what to expect if have gestational diabetes.

Top Three Resources for Gestational Diabetes
A complete guide for meal planning, recipes, educational tools, carbohydrate counting for gestational diabetes.

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