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Gestational Diabetes: What Newly Pregnant Moms Need to Know

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If you’re newly pregnant right now, you’ll be asked to take a glucose loading test between 25 and 28 weeks of your pregnancy.

It’s one of those rites of pregnancy but most mothers-to-be just don’t look forward to, explain Twin Doctors, Dr. Idries Abdur-Rahman MD and Jamil Abdur-Rahman, authors of “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Pregnancy: But Were Too Afraid or Embarrassed to Ask”

Eighteen years ago, when I was pregnant with my first child, I took the test and found out I had developed Gestational Diabetes. I actually contributed to my diagnosis. Early in my pregnancy,  I discovered that one way to cope with all day morning sickness and nausea was to sip 7-11 Slurpees all day. If you’re familiar with that slushy ice beverage, you know it is loaded with sugar, ergo high amount of carbs and higher blood sugar. After the discovery, I got treated and recovered.

It is very important to not skip the test.

You need to know if you have it because untreated gestational diabetes can cause premature birth and stillbirth, the March of Dimes warns. 

How does the test go

The Twin Doctors write in Everything You Ever Wanted to Know:

The loading part of the glucose loading test involves drinking a super sugary drink called glucola. Glucola comes in multiple flavors with orange, lemon and fruit punch being the most common. All of the glucola drinks contain 50 grams of glucose. When you have diabetes, your body doesn’t metabolize (break down) sugar the way that it normally would, this results in higher than normal blood sugar levels. One hour after you drink glucola, your blood will be drawn, if your blood glucose level is more than 140, it is considered abnormal. Because the GLT is a screening test, an abnormal GLT means that you have a higher change of having diabetes but it is not diagnostic.

If your GLT is abnormal, you have to do another test called the 3-hour Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT). This is the definitive way to diagnose gestational diabetes. This test involves drinking twice as much of the glucola drink (100 grams) and having your blood drawn four times. Unlike the initial GLT, the 3-hour GTT requires you to fast for at least 8 hours and have your blood drawn before you drink the glucola, as well as 1-hour, 2-hours, and 3-hours after you finish the drink. An abnormal 3-hour GTT means that you have gestational diabetes

The Effects Linger

If you end up with an abnormal test and are determined to have GB, the good news is that it goes away when you deliver the baby. Your body will no longer sense a foreign object, the baby, and will stop fighting itself.  The effects are long term, however. The mother and baby become high risk of developing diabetes or other forms of autoimmune diseased sometime later in life. The Mayo Clinic recommends moms and their babies to be aware of this risk, and possibly test for it periodically.

It’s a First World thing

Diabetes is becoming more and more common in the western world and patients who have diabetes are considered higher risk during pregnancy.  According to the Twin Docs, in their book, Diabetic mothers have a higher risk of:

  • Preterm labor and delivery.
  • Developing high blood pressure during pregnancy.
  • Having abnormally large babies.
  • Sustaining pelvic floor damage during delivery
  • Delivering by C/Section.
  • Developing diabetes later in life.

None of these outcomes is wanted. However, you can  increase your odds of having a favorable test before it comes time to take the test.

Here are some tips:

Get good sleep. Chronic sleep deprivation is associated with higher incidences of heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and cancer so make sure to end your day earlier and get a good night’s rest, or if you can, take naps during the day.

Lessen your stress level.

Stress is known to raise blood sugar, and if you already have type 2 diabetes you may find that your blood sugar is higher when you are under stress. Changing what you eat, exercising more, or adjusting medication can help to keep it under control.

One study of obese black women without diabetes found that those who produced more stress-related epinephrine when asked to recall stressful life events had higher fasting glucose and bigger blood sugar spikes than those with lower epinephrine, suggesting it might raise your risk for getting diabetes too.

Eat Better

In my case, when I had the condition, the high sugar content of the Slurpees I drank daily to stave off nausea contributed to my blood sugar spike. Those drinks had a lot of carbohydrates. So, in short, you should reduce your carb intake.

In fact, when I developed GD and saw a nutritionist, I was told to not ingest more than 25 carb grams per meal. When I did not, I stabilized my blood sugar levels and stopped gaining an insane amount of weight. In fact, I only gained about a few more pounds after that. Before, I was gaining too much weight and too fast.

Health information website Healthline recommends that you:

  1. Eat protein with every meal.
  2. Include daily fruits and vegetables in your diet.
  3. Limit or avoid processed foods.
  4. Pay attention to portion sizes to avoid overeating.

It is very possible to reverse a dangerous course and end up getting a positive result when your time comes to take the test if you stick with these tips.

 

 

Want more information? Get the Twin Doctors’ book:

Bellyitch Is Named Among Healthline’s 2018 Best Pregnancy Blogs

For the nth year, Bellyitch has been listed among the top 20 pregnancy blogs and websites by the online health resource, Healthline.

According the report about this year’s list, Healthline writes:

We’ve carefully selected these blogs because they’re actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information. 

Pregnancy is an amazing time. It’s also often an overwhelming experience. Between the hormones and morning sickness, sometimes it’s just nice to know that you’re not alone. You want to hear that other women have been right there in your shoes!

Take a break and browse these pregnancy blogs. We rounded up the best of the best so that you’ll have a place to find support, camaraderie, information, and plenty of women who understand exactly what you’re going through.

Yay! We’re so excited to be among some of our most fave blogs including the hilarious Pregnant Chicken, Jennifer Borget’s Cherish, Celebrity Baby Scoop, Fit Pregnancy, Cafe Mom, The Bump, What to Expect, Alpha Mom, Pregnancy and Newborn, Pregnancy and more.

Check out the complete list here!

We made @Healthline’s Best Pregnancy Blog of 2017 List!

Healthline, a trusted source for wellness and health information that receives 40 million visitors and health seekers per month and is the fastest growing health information site,k has released its Annual List of the Best Pregnancy Blogs  for expectant, new and even veteran moms, parents and caregivers to follow.

…..And…Bellyitch is on it!

Woot! From the intro to the listing, author and health journalist Catherine writes:

We’ve carefully selected these blogs because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information. If you would like to tell us about a blog, nominate it by emailing us at bestblogs@healthline.com!

Pregnancy is often filled with a mix of intense emotions like excitement, fear, doubt, or love. For first pregnancies, every experience is novel. But since each pregnancy is unique, even seasoned moms may find themselves wrestling with unfamiliar feelings or uncertainties. They may just want to find other women going through similar experiences.

Thankfully, there are tons of women opening up about their transitions to motherhood. If nothing else, these bloggers let you know you’re not alone. Whether you’re feeling completely overwhelmed by selecting baby gear or wondering why your food choices are suddenly open to comments by strangers, these blogs have your back. Be sure to add these pregnancy blogs to your must-follow list.  

Nice!

We are listed among other top websites and blogs like Fit Pregnancy, Pregnancy magazine, Pregnancy and Newborn magazine, Fit Pregnancy, Cafe Mom, The Bump and others. Some of our fave bloggers including Jennifer Borget from Cherish 365 and Amy from Pregnant Chicken are also listed.

About Bellyitch, Healthline wrote:

Bellyitch is equal parts celebrity news and parenting posts. It’s published by JJ, a wife and mom of three. The site is geared for “tech-savvy, information-thirsty, informed and educated expectant, new and veteran parents.” Babies can be expensive. The product reviews, giveaways, and coupons the site offers help you watch your bottom line. Check out posts like essential items for your newborn, which point out where not to spend your money.

Visit the blog.

Thanks Healthline! Head on over and check out what they had to say about the other honorees today! 

Avoid These 11 Things While Pregnant

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There aren’t many hard and fast rules about what not to do during your pregnancy, beyond abstaining from alcohol and drugs, of course. For the most part, you can continue with most of your pre pregnancy life.

  1. Don’t Eat These Foods

But because the health and safety of your growing baby is essential, here’s a list of 11 things not to do while pregnant.

The biggest list of don’ts for pregnant women involves food.

During your pregnancy, you should avoid:

  • Raw meat and shellfish: Uncooked seafood (we’re looking at you, sushi), including oysters, mussels, and clams. Also avoid rare or undercooked beef and poultry. These can be contaminated with toxoplasmosis or salmonella.
  • Deli meat: Deli meats can be contaminated with listeria, bacteria that can cross the placenta and infect your developing baby. An infection in utero could lead to blood poisoning and could be life-threatening for your baby.
  • Fish with high levels of mercury: That includes fish such as shark, king mackerel, swordfish, and tilefish. Wondering about tuna? In general, canned, chunk light tuna has lower levels of mercury, but it’s still smart to eat it sparingly.
  • Smoked seafood: Avoid lox, kippered fish, jerky, or nova style salmon. There’s a risk that this refrigerated, smoked seafood could be contaminated with listeria. Smoked seafood that’s shelf-safe or canned, however, is probably fine.
  • Raw eggs: This includes foods that contain raw eggs, so be wary of homemade Caesar dressings, Hollandaise sauces, mayonnaise, and certain custards. Raw eggs can pose a risk of salmonella.
  • Soft cheeses: Some imported soft cheeses can have listeria, so steer clear of soft cheeses like Roquefort, feta, Gorgonzola, Camembert, and Brie. Mexican cheeses such as queso blanco and queso fresco should also be avoided, unless they’re made from pasteurized milk.
  • Unpasteurized dairy: These products could contain listeria.

It seems extensive, but there are still plenty of great nutrition choices during your pregnancy. While it’s always important to eat a balanced diet, pregnancy is an especially critical time. In your daily mail plan, try to incorporate:

  • lean proteins
  • healthy fats
  • lots of fresh vegetables and fruits
  • water

Continue reading  the other 10 Things to Avoid at Healthline

Healthline Wants to Feature Your Beautiful C-Section Tattoo (NOMINATE YOURS)

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Every year, about 1.3 million women in the United States have cesarean deliveries, or C-sections. They account for over 32 percent of all births. A C-section is major surgery, and like any major surgery, it leaves a scar.

It is our battle scar of pregnancy, labor and delivery. We wear it proudly. However, if you ever wanted to wear a low cut bikini, you know those days are over.

Some women choose to cover up their c-section scars with a temporary or permanent tattoo.

Healthline is curating photos of c-section tattoos for a future feature on its blog.  If you would like to be featured on that site, simple send a clear photo of your tattoo with a short description with the “My c-section tattoo,” to nominations@healthline – Then they’ll  feature them on the site!

It would be a roundup similar to the one the site did for breast cancer & multiple sclerosis.

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Bellyitch Blog named among Top 20 Pregnancy Blogs of 2015

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We don’t like to brag too often, but…we are very happy to share the news that Bellyitch Blog has been named among Healthline’s Top 20 BEST Pregnancy Blogs of 2015!

It was selected by the editors of Healthline, a physician-run and venture capital-backed website that reaches 30 million readers monthly.

The editors selected each winner based on quality, frequency of updates and contribution to the community. We are honored to be chosen among such quality blogs, many of which are already on our daily read list!

You can see the full list here: www.healthline.com/healthslideshow/best-pregnancy-blogs

…and since we’re boasting, we’d like you to check out our recently updated Media Kit for 2015 HERE!

It can also be found on our Advertise page. *hint hint* Join the legions of awesome brands that we partner with to deliver you updated campaigns and news about their products!

And if you are interested in starting a blog or if you already have one with a sizeable audience and are thinking of turning it into a more professional endeavor, our editor JJ has released on Kindle and iTunes her latest ebook: How to Set Up Your Blog as a Business in 6 Steps (Basics of Blogging as a Business Book). It’s the first book in a 6-book series for professional bloggers to help them navigate all they need to know to operate their blogs as profitable businesses.

Okay Okay. Enough chest-pounding for one day!

Yay! Kudos to the team!