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GESTATIONAL DIABETES: 5 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Some women develop a type of diabetes called gestational diabetes during their pregnancy.

Finding out you have gestational diabetes can be very frightening and dangerous too.

Learn what gestational diabetes is, the signs, what problems it can cause, and how can be managed in order to protect your baby.

What is gestational diabetes?

Gestational diabetes (or GDM) occurs when a woman who has never had diabetes before pregnancy develops elevated levels of blood glucose (sugar) levels during pregnancy. It is thought that gestational diabetes affects up to 18% of pregnant women.

Read more here: https://www.baby-chick.com/gestational-diabetes/

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ROMAINE & AVOCADO SALAD

A delicious and refreshing romaine salad with avocado, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, along with a delicious lemon vinaigrette.

Could you imagine anything healthier? So delicious!

I virtually met Susan Pridmore of The Wimpy Vegetarian during my Sunday Supperdays. Her recipes always stood out as being fresh, healthy, and aligned with my food philosophy.

When I found out Susan had written a cookbook, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! This Lemony Romaine and Avocado Salad is one of the first recipes I tried from Simply Vegetarian Cookbook: Fuss-Free Recipes Everyone Will Love. You won’t believe how such a simple, vegan salad can have so much flavor!

Find out more here: http://ow.ly/CQfQ30l8XJE

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PLANNING A NATURAL BIRTH? A FEW TIPS FROM A LABOR NURSE

Most women don’t choose a natural birth – It takes determination and commitment. Follow these guidelines and increase your chances of having a successful natural childbirth. Here is everything you need to know about having a natural birth and expert tips to help you through.

I was a labor and delivery nurse before I had my son, and I’m going to admit, I thought I had my head wrapped around the whole “going natural” thing. I was confident in myself, and I had seen countless moms do it without epidurals. I knew it was going to hurt, BAD. I knew it was going to probably be long, and tiring. I knew I was probably going to lose my mind at the end. I knew that most women have a perception of what “going natural” is like, beforehand, just to find out the experience is a lot more painful and intense than what they originally thought.

Read more here: https://laborteen.com/trying-to-go-natural-a-few-tips-from-a-labor-nurse/

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8 EARLY WARNING SIGNS YOUR BLOOD SUGAR IS SUPER HIGH

A great article from Providr.com that analyses the early warning signs of when your blood sugar has reached aximum levels.

As the authors says, and we quote:

Whether you’re diabetic or not, high blood sugar can cause damage to your nerves, organs and blood vessels. The real danger though is when your blood sugar level does not go down. It’s when it doesn’t go down where serious health problems can occur.

One of the reasons why people suffer from high blood sugar is because they are uneducated about the seriousness of it and the signs that our body gives.

Read the rest of the article and the 8 warning signs here.

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TYPE 1 & TYPE 2 DIABETES SYMPTOMS

Diabetes is a serious health condition which usually starts later in life and causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. How can you be sure if you have diabetes? Signs and symptoms of diabetes vary depending on how much your blood sugar is elevated. Identifying the symptoms of diabetes can be a life saver and can help you find the right treatment.

Diabetes type 1 and type 2 definition and facts

  • Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Insulin produced by the pancreas lowers blood glucose. Absence or insufficient production of insulin, or an inability of the body to properly use insulin causes diabetes. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/60nl30l77ek
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DO THESE 6 HIP OPENING STRETCHES DURING PREGNANCY

During pregnancy, parts of your body hurt that you didn’t even know.
Stretching during pregnancy can help keep you fit and will relieve soreness and many aches and pains as your pregnancy progresses.
Get your body ready for childbirth with 6 simple exercises and learn about the benefits of stretching regularly throughout your entire pregnancy.

Stretching and exercise is so important during pregnancy. Why, you ask? Well, now that you’re carrying around extra weight and fluids, it can make you feel sore, tired and downright uncomfortable. Stretching during your pregnancy helps relieve your aching joints, reduce muscle tension, relieve lower back pain, increase flexibility, help you relax, and, BEST of all, better prepare you for childbirth. All of these stretches are things that you can benefit from when you’re preparing to give birth. What pregnant mama doesn’t want that?

Read more here: https://www.baby-chick.com/hip-opening-stretches-during-pregnancy/

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A NEW STUDY EASES FEARS OF A LINK BETWEEN AUTISM AND PRENATAL ULTRASOUNDS

As author, Laura Sanders reports, via Science News:

Ultrasounds during pregnancy can be lots of fun, offering peeks at the baby-to-be. But ultrasounds aren’t just a way to get Facebook fodder. They are medical procedures that involve sound waves, technology that could, in theory, affect a growing fetus.
With that concern in mind, some researchers have wondered if the rising rates of autism diagnoses could have anything to do with the increasing number of ultrasound scans that women receive during pregnancy.

Read the entire article here: https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/growth-curve/autism-prenatal-ultrasound-study

 

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WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS OF EARLY PREGNANCIES?

Are you wondering if you might be pregnant, but it’s too early for a home pregnancy test?

Early signs of pregnancy can include morning sickness, tiredness, vaginal discharge, implantation bleeding and cramping. 

Read about the 17 earliest signs and symptoms of pregnancy to look out for. 

Though it may sound odd, your first week of pregnancy is based on the date of your last menstrual period. Your last menstrual period is considered the first week of pregnancy, even if you weren’t actually pregnant yet. The expected delivery date is calculated using the first day of your last period. For that reason, the first few weeks where you may not have symptoms also count toward your 40-week pregnancy.

https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/early-symptoms-timeline

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