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STUDY: To Avoid Brain Disorder Risk in babies, Gestational Diabetes Patients Should Exercise and Monitor their Diet

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As a person who had gestational diabetes while pregnant with my first child, I was very interested in this new study which states that women who do not control their diet and do not exercise after diagnoses risk contributing to neurological delays in their babies.

The study, conducted by researchers at Ben-Gurion University and Soroka University Medical Center in Israel, observed women who delivered at that hospital between 1991 and 2014, and their children. Of the 230,000 women who had babies there during that period, 5.4% (12,642) developed gestational diabetes. Most women kept their glucose levels balanced through only by diet, but 2,566 also needed medication to stabilize the levels.

Only 1 percent of children whose mothers did not have gestational diabetes had neurological defects, but that number rose to 1.4% in those whose mother had the diabetes treated only by diet and exercise, and 1.7% in those whose mother only took medication.

The findings indicate that exercise and diet, combined with medication when necessary, are essential to avoiding neurological defects which can lead to autism, epilepsy and cerebral palsy, according to research published in the prestigious American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. The reports of gestational diabetes are on an upward progression and the condition impacts the health of both the mother and child as the baby develops, according to the team of authors led by Prof. Eyal Sheiner, chairman of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Soroka and vice dean at BGU’s Faculty of Health Sciences

Excessive sugar in the bloodstream leads to the fetus becoming very large.

Expectant mothers can help control gestational diabetes by eating healthy food, exercising and, if necessary, taking medication. Blood sugar levels usually return to normal soon after the baby is born, but it also puts mothers at risk of developing type II diabetes, so they should monitor their weight and blood sugar on a regular basis.

This is me. I am recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic I suspect because of having this condition while pregnant over 13 years ago. Oy!

But I am not alone. Experts estimate that 6 to 7  percent of all pregnant women have diabetes and that 90% of those cases are gestational. Once they develop gestational diabetes, they are at significant risk of developing glucose intolerance in their lifetime; about half will become diabetic in the two to three decades after delivery.

I am watching my diet now and trying to exercise more so I do not join the statistic of those who get the full blown disease. Eek!

Sheiner says the big take away from his team’s research is for practitioners, women and their doctors and the medical community to be aware of the long term effects of gestational diabetes and that it could impact the baby’s neurological development as well as the mom’s.

I was told that my son is also at a high risk of developing diabetes because he essentially had it with me while I was pregnant with him. So this study shows an additional long-term risk to the child.

“In addition,” he said, “one must remember that pregnancy is a window of opportunity to diagnose chronic diseases in the baby. The results also stress the importance of balancing glucose levels when gestational diabetes is diagnosed, as large amounts can cause neurological complications.”

Take heed moms-to-be. Watch your sugar intake while preggers and if you are diagnosed, please change your diet and exercise! Thanks. We need you to deliver healthy babies. (smile)

h/t The Jerusalem Post

Boomer Esiason: For Baseball Season Opener, Mets player’s wife should have gotten a C-section

Daniel Murphy and wife married in December 2012 and welcomed their first child this past Sunday March 31, 2014. 
Forget the risk of major surgery including  infection, bleeding, blood clot and death.  Make your wife go under the knife needlessly and get a C-section so you don’t miss the first day of baseball season. We’re paraphrasing, but that is the advice former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason essentially said yesterday on his radio show “Boomer & Carton” he would have given The Mets second basemen Daniel Murphy who skipped opening day to take paternity leave and be with his wife and new baby.

More literally Esiason said:

“I would have said, ‘C-section before the season starts. I need to be at Opening Day…I’m sorry, this is what makes our money. This is how we’re going to live our life. This is going to give my child every opportunity to be a success in life. I’ll be able to afford any college I want to send my kid to, because I’m a baseball player.’”

Esiason’s co-host Craig Carton chimed in “What are you gonna do anyway? You’re not breastfeeding the kid!” The Murphys married in December 2012 and welcomed their first kid this past Sunday, March 31.
*big sigh*
Fist of all, as stated above, cesarean delivery is major surgery associated with uncommon but increased risk of medical complications such as infection, bleeding, and blood clots that can occur in the lower extremities or lungs, a 2013 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology noted
Neonatal mortality rates were higher among infants delivered by cesarean section than for those delivered vaginally, a popular study in the Birth Issues in Perinatal Care states.
Cesarean delivery also increases hospital stay. Further, the total cesarean section rate in the United States is 32.8%, which represents 60% increase since 1996. 

Another study from January this year presented before the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine‘s annual meeting discussed intervention methods for reducing the C-Section rate.
The United States government’s initiative The Healthy People project is aiming to reduce the C-Section rate by 23.9% by 2020 for low-risk women with a singleton vertex (head-first) presentation and no prior cesarean births, BOOOOMER!
In other words, BOOOOOMER, there is a DELIBERATE and concerted effort in the MEDICAL community to REDUCE the rate at which women are undergoing the surgical knife to deliver a baby because it is less risky. Ideally, delivering a baby the way nature intended is best for mom and child’s health.
And here you are suggesting the man force his woman to jump into the risk pool. *smacks hand on head*
For Esiason to suggest that Murphy should risk the life of his wife and baby to attend a baseball game is incredibly selfish, sexist, insensitive and utterly douche-bag esque. 
It appears this former player and many who think like him are from the old school. 
It would not be great but suggesting that Murphy miss the natural birth is even better than suggesting he ought to force his wife to go under local anesthesia out of convenience of the start of a game. 
And still, it is just ONE  GAME out of  162! 
Good grief. Cut the man some slack! We are not in the heyday when men sat outside the delivery room and then disappeared for the season to earn a living and left their wives to take care of  the children on her lonesome. It took two to make that baby and irrespective of the fact the game earns their living and quality of life, a caring father, athlete or no, in 2014 is and should be entitled a few days. That time is the least he could do to give back to the woman who just spend 40 achy weeks of back pain, possibly sciatic leg pain, bloating, gas, weight gain, fluctuations in hormones, morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, labor, and delivery. 
Fall back Boooomer and any other man who feels it necessary to butt his nose in another man’s new baby business.

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