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Ah, sugar sugar! How to Manage Gestational Diabetes

If you've drunk the awful sugary orange drink, had your finger pricked, and been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, you know that it can feel absolutely overwhelming upon diagnosis. In one instant it can seem as if your entire world has been turned upside down, but know this - you are not alone. In fact, it's a very common diagnosis. An estimated 5-10% of women will be diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes during their pregnancy. What is Gestational Diabetes? Pregnant women who have not previously been diagnosed with diabetes but who have high blood sugar during their pregnancy are said to have gestational diabetes.  It starts when your pregnancy begins to cause insulin resistance. Insulin is needed to send the glucose from your...

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How to Drink More Water During Pregnancy

Drinking more water is always a great idea, but especially important during pregnancy. That's because your blood volume is increasing drastically, meaning you need more water to stay properly hydrated than you did pre-pregnancy. Which makes sense, right? Benefits of Drinking More Water During Pregnancy Staying hydrated by drinking more water during pregnancy is really just better for overall bodily function. You're more likely to feel and look your best if you're drinking enough water throughout the day. Lower risk of UTIs and kidney or bladder infection by diluting urine Decreased risk of constipation and hemorrhoids Helps prevent preterm labor Better delivery of nutrients to your baby Lower risk of overheating Helps with headaches and fatigue How Much Water Should Pregnant...

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5 Must-Know Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

Traveling has the potential to be stressful or difficult even when you’re not pregnant, so it’s important you know just how to take it easy and make it a lot less complicated for yourself. Here are five must-know tips for holiday-ing with a bump in tow.   Pack the necessary items to keep you comfortable When it comes to packing for your travels, pregnancy means you need to consider some items you perhaps haven’t even thought of. CTI recommends compression socks, for example – these will come in handy on the flight, improving your blood flow and reducing potential swelling should the air pressure affect you. Everything from clothing to medication needs to be considered, as your comfort and safety...

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Six Small Changes You Can Make to Stay Healthy During Pregnancy

The importance of staying in your best health during your pregnancy is evident from the recommendations of doctors all over the world. When you’re pregnant you must have a well-planned nutritious diet and the right amount of physical activity to keep you and your baby super healthy. Being pregnant demands a change in your regular routine, in order to not put the health of your baby at stake; consequently making the delivery and postpartum bearable. Let’s talk about six small changes in your routine that you can incorporate to make the most out of your pregnancy.   1. See a doctor: This might not be your first pregnancy and although everything appears perfectly fine and normal – a visit to...

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Beds, Blankets, and Bumps: The Proper way to Sleep for Moms-to-be

Getting a good night's sleep during pregnancy is hard. A pregnant woman’s body is preparing for the event of childbirth and is in working hard developing their baby. Getting sufficient rest is a necessary part of a woman’s pregnancy. However, it is strange that when the body needs it most, it can sabotage our sleep quality big time. Finding an ideal sleeping position will always change in each trimester, and it can be considered a big challenge, too. Here are a few things pregnant women can do to avoid twist and turns in the nighttime hours.   Sleeping On Tummy During Pregnancy It is okay for women that are in the early stages of their pregnancy to sleep on their tummy. However,...

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