I met Cathy Alter in Georgetown a few months ago, and she is a riot! We really hit it off, but Cathy and I are very different. We're about the same age, but she strikes me more as an artsy intellectual chick who spent the 1980's following the Grateful Dead than a blonde girly girl like me who read Seventeen magazine religiously while listening to the Go Go's at the Country Club pool. I point this out because she doesn't seem like the type of woman who would look to women's magazines for advice--she's too cerebral. Well, several years ago Cathy Alter found herself divorced with all sorts of drama in her life when she decided she needed help. She decided to commit to reading about a dozen women's magazines for a year in hopes of getting her life back on track, and landing a good man. She did just that, and the whole story is told in her book Up For Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over. You wi...
Toxemia; Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH)
The only way to cure preeclampsia is to deliver the baby.
If your baby is developed enough (usually 37 weeks or later), your doctor may want your baby to be delivered so the preeclampsia does not get worse. You may receive different treatments to help trigger labor, or you may need a c-section .
If your baby is not fully developed and you have mild preeclampsia, the disease can often be managed at home until your baby has a good chance of surviving after delivery. The doctor will probably recommend the following:
Getting bed rest at home, lying on your left side most or all of the time
Drinking extra glasses of water a day and eating less salt
Following-up with your doctor more often to make sure you and your baby are doing well
Taking medicines to lower your blood pressure (in some cases)
Immediately call your doctor if you gain more weight or have new sympto...
For the next five months, readers will be able to track Kelsey's progress and find out how she controls her diabetes while pregnant. Pregnanc y Tracker: 16 weeks Size of the Baby: the size of an open palm Biggest Obstacle: Fitting into clothes -- maternity are still too big, but I can't button my pants! Excellent blood glucose control for a non-pregnant, type 1 diabetic often includes testing many times per day and correcting any high readings. Even with tight control, diabetics are used to the occasional postprandial spike or unexpected high blood glucose. However, once you add pregnancy to the mix, excellent blood glucose control hits an entirely new level. Testing up to 20 times a day is typical, target blood sugars become unbelievably low, and those postprandial spikes, or for that matter any high readings, are no longer bearable for a pregnant woman with diabetes. An occasional high reading is going to happen while ...
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