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Physicians have known for years that women who have more to term pregnancies appear to be somewhat protected against developing breast cancer. Women whose pregnancies have been interrupted, by spontaneous or induced abortion, did not evidence a protective effect and some studies claimed that they are in fact at a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who were not pregnant. It appears probable that hormonal fluxes associated with different stages of pregnancy may have a role in differentiation of breast cells to perform specialized functions within the breast but little is known definitively about these hormonal effects. Whether abortions raise the risk of breast cancer became a matter of contention in the debate over abortion as well as a source of controversy within the medical profession. It is rare to encounter a woman who would be dissuaded by the fear of developing breast cancer from undergoing an elective abortion; however, it does occasionally play a role in the co...
Pregnancy Tracker: 18 weeks, 2 days Size of the Baby: About 6 inches long and 8.5 ounces Biggest Obstacle: The frustration of insulin resistance ! For many years women with type 1 diabetes were discouraged from having children and scared away from the possibility with films like Steel Magnolias (which happens to be one of my favorite movies, even though it is quite dated on diabetes information !) Before the era of intensive diabetes management, home glucose monitoring, and insulin pump therapy, the risk for diabetic moms and their babies was great. Luckily, today thousands of women have had successful, healthy pregnancies complicated by type 1 diabetes. Thus, I was certainly encouraged to join their ranks and begin the journey of pregnancy myself. Ironically, whereas women with preexisting diabetes and pregnancy didn't mix for many years, I have found that in several ways, having diabetes can be constructive during pregnancy. First of all, in s...
In another of life's little ironies, my younger sister announced her first pregnancy a week after my miscarriage was complete. Thankfully, Dennis and I had grieved and processed our loss so we were absolutely thrilled to learn that we'd have a niece or nephew in nine short months!
My sister and brother-in-law weren't expecting to conceive so quickly, so I had several long phone calls discussing pregnancy in general with my sister. What a fun experience to be the older sister providing words of wisdom! Plus, I got to relive one of the most joyful, rewarding times of my life.
One thing quickly became apparent as I discussed due dates, morning sickness, doctor's appointments, and the like with my non-diabetic sister: how different high-risk pregnancies are from normal, uncomplicated pregnancies.
Diabetic pregnancies are so closely monitored, from the number of doctor's visits and blood tests to the repeated ultrasounds and managed deliveries...
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