LIVELINES: WOMEN'S HEALTH CARE
Most women go into pregnancy thinking they are perfectly healthy.. but then find out they have a condition that's diagnosed in about 200,000 cases a year in the United States.. We're talking about gestational diabetes.
Dr. Kirk Brody was our guest.
Dr. Brody says gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy. Like other forms of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects the way your body uses sugar.
Here is a look at how it affects the baby...
-The baby's body is larger than normal-called macrosomia.
-The baby's blood sugar is too low-called hypoglycemia.
-The baby's skin turns yellowish and the whites of the eyes may change color-called jaundice.
-The baby may have trouble breathing and need oxygen or other help called Respiratory Distress Syndrome.