Gestational Diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a condition in which the pregnant woman who has never had diabetes previously encounters unusually high glucose levels amid the pregnancy. The condition typically closes after delivery however it should not be neglected. At the point when left untreated it may prompt dangerous impacts to the mother and most uncommonly the newborn child. Anybody can create such condition and each pregnant lady ought to undergo glucose screening test to verify any issues linked to blood sugar are discovered.
So it is paramount to perceive and treat gestational diabetes at the earliest opportunity to minimize the danger of complications in the child. It is also paramount for ladies with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus to be tested for diabetes after pregnancy due to an expanded danger of creating type2 diabetes in the year’s further delivery.
There are a various commonly utilized strategies for screening glucose level, for example, the non-challenge blood glucose tests, oral glucose tolerance test, screening glucose test, and urinary glucose testing.
In non-challenge blood glucose Tests, it is the least expensive technique of screening for gestational diabetes however it additionally has the most noteworthy opportunity to come up false positive outcomes. It is led by simply evaluating the blood glucose level for two sequential days. The first test is directed after fasting and the second test is led under typical circumstances. Levels surpassing 126 mg/dl on the first day and 200 mg/dl on the other day will come about to a positive result.
In screening Glucose Challenge Test, it is a way for screening considered the most generally utilized and is directed around 24-28 weeks into pregnancy and is led by having the pregnant lady drink 50-gram glucose liquid and afterward take her blood glucose level following 60 minutes. Levels in overabundance of 140 mg/dl will come about to positive examination.
In oral glucose tolerance Test, this method for screening considered for Gestational Diabetes is thought to be the longest of all strategies. It is essential for the pregnant lady to get ready for the procedure by verifying she takes her normal eating methodology with no less than 150 grams of carbs every day for the whole three days earlier the test. The method will then start by having the lady experience fasting of around 12 hours. She is then asked to consume glucose liquid and the progressions in her glucose levels will be recorded.
In urinary glucose testing, high levels of glucose may additionally show in the pee. This is the essential standard behind the strategy for gestational diabetes screening. It includes directing dipstick tests on the pregnant lady’s pee. This test however is no more broadly practices as it has the possibility of coming about to a false negative outcome which may jeopardize the mother and the baby with false protection of not having the ailment.
When you are diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you need to change your diet and also need to learn to test your blood glucose level. In addition, you have to learn to give insulin injections yourself.
Type 2 diabetes
175/365 Breastfeeding awareness week
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This week is national breastfeeding awareness week, although if you visit the Department of Health website you’d be forgiven for thinking they’d forgotten. There are loads of benefits to breastfeeding, some of which I’ll repeat here!
Breastmilk gives babies all the nutrients they need for the first six months of life and helps protect them from infection and diseases. It also reduces mothers’ chances of getting certain diseases later in life.
Breastfeeding also allows you and your baby to get closer – physically and emotionally. So while your child is feeding, the bond between you can grow stronger.
Bottle feeding does not give your baby the same ingredients as breastmilk, which is designed to be easy for your baby to absorb and is perfect to help her grow and develop. Also, bottle feeding doesn’t provide protection against infection and diseases.
Breastfeeding helps protect your baby against:
* ear infections
* gastro-intestinal infections
* chest infections
* urine infections
* childhood diabetes
Breastfeeding helps protect mothers against:
* ovarian cancer
* breast cancer
* weak bones later in life.
Those of you who know me well know that I didn’t manage to breastfeed my son James after he was born prematurely and unable to suck. I got no real help and gave up pretty quickly, though I expressed milk for a while.
With Claudia I was pretty determined to succeed, and I’m pleased to say that despite one early wobble we are still going now. She is 22 months old. Of course, according to many people, some of them health professionals, that makes us weird, obscene, disgusting, you name it.
I don’t see it like that. I’ll admit I never intended to breastfeed much beyond 6 months, I was going back to work for a start. Claudia had other ideas though, and wouldn’t take a bottle. So I carried on. And carried on. And carried on. To be honest it’s so easy now – she feeds most evenings and some mornings, but not much more than that, that I’m almost inclined to just carry on until she wants to stop. And if that makes me some kind of crazed lentil-knitting hippy, so be it.
Well done if you managed to read this far!!!