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Monday: February 28, 2011

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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.

KIRK BRODY
629-9743

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