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Pregnancy Complications

What is Gestational Diabetes?

what is gestational diabetes?Every pregnant woman in the United States will get tested for gestational diabetes in the second trimester – sometime between 24 and 28 weeks pregnant. This is a routine test that is part of regular prenatal care, and it allows your physician to provide better obstetric care.

So, what is gestational diabetes? And how can it affect your pregnancy?

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes (high blood sugar) that develops in pregnancy. For a majority of women, this form of diabetes occurs only during pregnancy. Unlike Type 1 or Type 2, gestational diabetes often disappears after your baby is born. In rare cases, gestational diabetes transforms into Type 2 diabetes after delivery. [click to continue…]

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Blighted Ovum: Leading Cause of Early Miscarriage

Early Pregnancy Miscarriage

Blighted Ovum (Sac, not Embryo)

When you suffer a miscarriage (which is defined as a pregnancy loss before 20 weeks of gestation), you usually don’t know what triggered or caused it. Losing an unborn baby can be heartbreaking, especially if you’ve had your heart set on being a mother. In most cases, you aren’t to blame for your miscarriage.

In 1 out of every 2 miscarriages that occur in the first trimester, the pregnancy loss is caused by a complication called a blighted ovum (also called an anembryonic pregnancy).

A blighted ovum occurs very early in the conception process. Some women who experience this complication never knew they were pregnant; others get a positive home pregnancy test, but weeks later, at their prenatal visit, the embryo doesn’t show up on the ultrasound.
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Spotting in Pregnancy: Should You Worry?

spotting in early pregnancyIf you’ve ever watched Discovery Health TV show, “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,” you’ll discover there’s a common theme among the different women. They all had irregular periods and they all had light “periods” throughout their pregnancy. In a nutshell, many of the women experienced spotting throughout their unknown pregnancies.

Any vaginal bleeding can be scary, but if you experience spotting (light bleeding – similar to a very light day of your period), you shouldn’t worry too much. Spotting in pregnancy is normal. In fact, between 20 and 30 percent of all pregnant women will experience spotting in the first trimester.
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Ectopic Pregnancy: Are You at Risk?

Tubal PregnancyLast month, Pregnant in Heels star Rosie Pope made a heartbreaking confession. Before the birth of Wellington Reade in February, the reality star had suffered an ectopic pregnancy, which caused her to lose one fallopian tube. No one really talks about ectopic pregnancies, since they are such tragic events that are fairly rare. However, rates for ectopic pregnancies are increasing.

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