Pregnancy Week by Week

Get a window on what’s happening in your pregnancy, week by week. From week four to week 42, your baby is experiencing a miraculous transformation from a clump of cells to a fully formed (and totally cute) newborn. Just imagine, as early as five weeks, your baby is already starting to form major organs (heart, stomach, liver, and kidneys) and systems (digestive, circulatory, nervous). By eight weeks, your raspberry-sized womb-mate is moving her arms and legs. At the beginning of your second trimester (week 14), your wee one is sucking his thumb. By week 28, the first week of the third trimester, baby (now as big as an eggplant) is prepping for breathing, developing his eyesight and packing on pounds in anticipation of life outside the womb. Each week is a new miracle. Less miraculous is how a mom-to-be may feel. Pregnancy Week-by-Week charts your baby’s development but also lets mom know what she might be feeling during each week of her pregnancy. Pregnancy week by Week includes everything mom needs to know to feel a sense of control over her pregnancy. Each week offers a complete guide to what you might feel, your must-do’s, your nice-to do’s, and answers and advice on everything pregnancy-related. Plus each week’s guide offers tips on maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy from strategies on coping with pregnancy symptoms (morning sickness anyone?) to ideas for healthy eating, and pointers on talking to your OB. Let us guide you along your pregnancy, week by week.

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Q&A: Treatments for gestational diabetes?

I was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. What do I need to do now in order to stay as healthy as possible?

Re: I was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. What do I need to do now in order to stay as healthy as possible?

The Bump Expert

Treatment of gestational diabetes includes regular exercise and increased fluid intake. Diet is essential in handling this problem. Your doctor will probably recommend a six-meal, 2000- to 2500-calorie-per-day eating plan. You may also be referred to a dietitian. Research shows that women who receive dietary counseling, blood-sugar monitoring and insulin therapy (when needed) do better during pregnancy than women who receive routine care, and glyburide is as effective as insulin for women with gestational diabetes. Glyburide is used to treat type-2 diabetes and is an oral hypoglycemic agent. Many experts believe it is a good alternative to insulin in women with gestational diabetes.

From Your Pregnancy Week By Week, 6/e by Glade Curtis, M.D. and Judith Schuler, M.S. Reprinted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2007.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Treatments for gestational diabetes?

How many times Glucose Tolerance Test should have to be performed? I was already tested twice and they both are positive. The first was an hour procedure but because they are not sure how my body reacted to the test they re-schedule me for three hours test and came out just fine. I went for my regular monthly check couple weeks ago and the office scheduled me to a different doctor, she ordered for another test the end of this month - is this nesecesary?

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Q&A: Treatments for gestational diabetes?

My apology i meant both of my test came out NEGATIVE.

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Q&A: Treatments for gestational diabetes?

I would say no - if they've done two tests and the results of both were negative, I would refuse the test and let them know why. However, before you cancel or refuse the test, ask for your doctors to call you directly (not the nurses) and tell you WHY they've ordered so many so you can make an informed decision.

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