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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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How can you prevent gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

How can you prevent gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

Lo carb, no sugar: Gestational diabetes is the result of excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake which causes high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Plus the hormone changes in preg make prob worse.. Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of insulin. A lo carb, no sugar diet is effective for many women. ...Read more

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What are the effects of gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

What are the effects of gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

Many possible: Diabetes can affect the developing baby throughout the pregnancy. In early pregnancy, a mother's diabetes can result in birth defects and an increased rate of miscarriage. Many of the birth defects that occur affect major organs such as the brain and heart. During the 2nd & 3rd trimester, a mother's diabetes can lead to over-nutrition & excess growth of the baby. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a person developing diabetes if they had gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

What are the chances of a person developing diabetes if they had gestational diabetes during pregnancy?

Increased risk: Gestational diabetes is a risk factor for adult onset diabetes. Watch your weight, exercise and get yearly check up. ...Read more

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Does gestational diabetes occur during pregnancy?

Does gestational diabetes occur during pregnancy?

Yes.: Yes. Gestational diabetes is diagnosed during pregnancy (hence the word "gestational" in the name). The diabetes usually resolves after delivery. However, women who have had gestational diabetes are at greater risk of developing Insulin resistance, diabetes, and heart disease when they are no longer pregnant. ...Read more

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What is gestational diabetes in pregnancy caused by?

What is gestational diabetes in pregnancy caused by?

Insulin resistance: Result of hormonal changes in all women during pregnancy increased levels of certain hormones made in the placenta interfere with the ability of Insulin to manage sugar as the placenta grows larger during pregnancy it produces more hormones and increases this Insulin resistance
usually the mother's pancreas is able to overcome the Insulin resistance if can not that will result gestational diabe. ...Read more

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Can gestational diabetes be prevented? Is it possible for gestational diabetes to be prevented during a pregnancy? .

Can gestational diabetes be prevented? Is it possible for gestational diabetes to be prevented during a pregnancy? .

Risk factors: Oftentimes gdm is preventable by avoiding the risk factors for it before pregnancy. Being fit and at a healthy weight are the best ways to enter a pregnancy to minimize those risks. Once pregnant it is still important to eat and exercise properly. Please discuss with your ob/gyne. ...Read more

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Can gestational diabetes be prevented? Is it possible for gestational diabetes to be prevented during a pregnancy? .

Can gestational diabetes be prevented? Is it possible for gestational diabetes to be prevented during a pregnancy? .

Let me explain: Usually the mother's pancreas is able to produce more Insulin (about three times the normal amount) to overcome the effect of the pregnancy hormones on blood sugar levels. If, however, the pancreas cannot produce enough Insulin to overcome the effect of the increased hormones during pregnancy, blood sugar levels will rise, resulting in gestational diabetes. ...Read more

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I have a Hx of gestational diabetes. I'm 4 wks pregnant now and want to start off right. Which artificial sweeteners are safe during pregnancy?

I have a Hx of gestational diabetes. I'm 4 wks pregnant now and want to start off right. Which artificial sweeteners are safe during pregnancy?

None: If you have had gestational Diabetes in he past most artificial sweeteners that contain aspartane will do you no favors in this pregnancy. Consider modifying that amount of sugar in your diet and possibly substitute honey which is a simple more digestible sugar. Talk to you OB MD about this issue when you make an appointment and congratulations on thinking ahead droning this pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can you get Gestational Diabetes after pregnancy (like 3 months later) or is it only during pregnancy?

Can you get Gestational Diabetes after pregnancy (like 3 months later) or is it only during pregnancy?

A qualified yes: By definition, gestational diabetes is diabetes that appears during and is confined to a pregnancy. Since it indicates a predisposition to full-blown diabetes, your chances of developing diabetes in 3 months or even later is definitely increased and is not unusual. ...Read more

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Once diagnosed w/gestational diabetes at 27 weeks, can you reverse it during pregnancy and reverse how fast the baby is growing to normal rate?

Once diagnosed w/gestational diabetes at 27 weeks, can you reverse it during pregnancy and reverse how fast the baby is growing to normal rate?

Diabetes: The diagnosis of gestational diabetes is difficult (even though it should be easy). It is possible, based on a 3 hour glucose test to test positive on monday and, if repeated, test negative on friday. If you consistently run high glucose levels then you need to modify your diet and sometimes be on medication. Diet can often reverse the high sugars but you need to still check glucose levels. ...Read more

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How early in pregnancy can you get gestational diabetes?

How early in pregnancy can you get gestational diabetes?

24th week typical: Usually around the 24th week! I can see that you are already concerned about this, so no better time to really focus on healthy nutrition for you and your baby. No sweets, soda, sweet drinks, candy, and junk food. Get a couple of new cookbooks on healthy pregnancy diet and experiment! Your taste buds may surprise you. Get your heart rate up (less than 140) every day for 30 minutes to an hour. ...Read more

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If I have gestational diabetes, will I still have diabetes after pregnancy?

If I have gestational diabetes, will I still have diabetes after pregnancy?

Gestational dm: You may not be diabetic postpartum, but you are predisposed to hyperglycemia so I would consult with your obgyn for a referral to a nutritionist and possibly an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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If I have gestational diabetes, will I still have diabetes after pregnancy?

If I have gestational diabetes, will I still have diabetes after pregnancy?

Not necessarily: Not necessarily, but there is a higher risk. After pregnancy, 5-10% of women with gdm are found to still have diabetes. Women with a history of gdm have a 35-60% chance of developing diabetes in the next 10-20 years, especially non-caucasian women. Through lifestyle changes (healthy eating, exercise), this risk has been shown to be lowered. Best of luck to you! ...Read more

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Does gestational diabetes go away after pregnancy?

Does gestational diabetes go away after pregnancy?

Yes it does: Yes it does but these patients are predisposed to Diabetes and many will get Diabetes later on.
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Gestational diabetes, will I have it every pregnancy?

Gestational diabetes, will I have it every pregnancy?

More risk: Each pregnancy is independent;however, if you had gestational diabetes in one pregnancy you are more at risk for it reoccurring in future pregnancies. Try to begin early with limiting sugars and carbohydrates and be reasonable with weight gain and exercise. Taking steps early to prevent problems may decrease your risk. ...Read more

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Is gestational diabetes harder to control as the pregnancy progresses?

No: It should not be difficult as well as you follow your doctor's advice, like controling carbohydrate, watching blood sugar level, taking medication as your doctor's prescription if needed. ...Read more

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How can I have gestational diabetes if I used to have low sugar before my pregnancy?

How can I have gestational diabetes if I used to have low sugar before my pregnancy?

Insulin resistance: Gestational diabetes is the result of excessive sugar and carbohydrate intake which causes high blood sugar levels, which then make your Insulin levels rise. Plus the hormone changes in preg make prob worse.. Over time the chronically high Insulin levels lead to Insulin resistance and you will need to make higher and higher levels of insulin. Early on, high Insulin can cause hypoglycemia. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting gestational diabetes in first pregnancy?

What are the chances of getting gestational diabetes in first pregnancy?

Other risk factors: Risk factors for gestational diabetes include your weight, your age, your and your parents history of diabetes/abnormal blood sugars, and your ethnicity. Also there are other diseases, which if you have a history of, are directly associated with diabetes themselves. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Diabetes Onset During Pregnancy (Definition)

Gestation diabetes is diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. This develops when pregnancy hormones change a patient's metabolism so that they can not regulate their blood sugar. A patient with GDM will have to go on a low sugar and low carb diet and monitor blood sugars very carefully. Sometimes they will require medications. There is a 30% chance ...Read more