gestational diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

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Pregnant Women Could Get Diabetes (Gestational Diabetes) Despite No Family History

Increasingly common condition affecting pregnant womenin India,is high blood sugar or GESTATIONAL DIABETES (GDM) despite no prior family history. It is estimated that about 4 million women are affected by GDM in India (Ref:Indian J Endocrinol Metab.2015 Nov-Dec; 19(6):701-704).

Gestational diabetes is a temporary form (in most cases) of diabetes in which the body does not produce adequate amounts of insulin to deal with sugar during pregnancy. Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before but who have high blood glucose (sugar) levels during pregnancy are said to have gestational diabetes.

What causes gestational diabetes is unknown, but certain theories link it to the placenta. Hormones from the placenta help the baby develop. But these hormones also block the action of the mother’s insulin in her body. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed to energy. Glucose builds up in the blood to high levels and results in gestational diabetes.

GDM not just influences the mothers body but also affects the baby’s health. Common problems associated would be a bigger head of the baby leading to complications in a normal delivery, higher incidences of jaundice & occasionally respiratory distress in babies.

The good news is that GDM can be prevented and managed well with good care in terms of properly planned diet & exercise. It is important to look for a good Prenatal class which provides you with:

  • Education & awareness about the common pregnancy associated problems
  • Design a safe meal plan to prevent or manage Gestational Diabetes

FabMoms, the Prenatal program from ReLiva, recognizes the seriousness of GDM and its impact on pregnancy and therefore offers holistic programs that offer both planned exercise and nutrition guidance to effectively control gestational diabetes. Make this blissful phase truly sweet with fit & discomfort-free memories of pregnancy rather than cutting on sweets due to Gestational Diabetes.

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sacroiliac joint pain

SI Joint / Pelvic Pain – Do’s & Don’ts

Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Dysfunction can cause significant discomfort and pain in sitting and lying down. The Hip joint seems to have got locked and does not allow smooth transition from one position to another. Following are few techniques that can help significantly to ease such restricted movement and pain.

1. Rolling Over in Bed:

To roll over from your back to your side, bend one knee, placing your foot on the bed.  Push the heel down, slightly lifting your buttocks and turn towards the side on which the leg is still extended straight. The top arm helps the turning motion.

 

2. Sitting:tailor position

  1. When sitting (whether you are driving a car, riding a bicycle or sitting on a chair), press your chest upward and let your shoulder blades relax and drop.
  2. Sitting in a tailor’s position is good (crossed legged with your feet crossed underneath your legs) on the floor or on a very firm bed; use your hands to pull your knees gently back towards your hips and lift your chest, and keep your shoulders low.
  3. If you have been sitting in this position for a while, stretch forward as far as you can and touch the floor in front of you while keeping your spine straight.  At the same time, look up.  Practice this stretch as often as it feels necessary and good.

Static Sitting Positions:

  • Sit on a chair with your knees apart and slightly turned out
  • Sit in positions that relax your lower back while it remains supported, using a cushion or a rolled towel behind your back; sit upright when the back is not supported
  • You can also stretch your hips by sitting high enough so that your knees are lower than your hips or by crossing your feet under your chair.
  • Use a ball cushion while you are sitting, or sit on a therapy ball; sitting on a ball cushion allows your tailbone to be free.  When you use a ball cushion or ball, you develop active stomach and back muscles over time as a result of trying to maintain your balance
  • A good posture for resting is lying on your back on the floor, putting your feet up on the couch or bed, with a small pillow to support your back and/or head
  • If you have tailbone pain, this may be caused by your pelvic floor being too tight.  Favor positions that open your hips, push your legs downward away from your torso (sitting on the edge of the chair or on a ball) or crossing your feet under your chair; let your vaginal muscles relax as much as possible

3. Standing:

  • Bend your knees slightly
  • Distribute your weight evenly on both legs
  • Point your toes slightly outward
  • This posture may feel unnatural in the beginning, but if you look in the mirror, you’ll see that it looks quite normal.

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Sacroiliitis, Sacroiliac Joint dysfunction

SI Pain & Pregnancy – Tips

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