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Week 24: Screening for Diabetes

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Between your 24th and 28th week, you’ll probably have a blood glucose screening test to check for gestational diabetes.

Your doctor or midwife will give you a specially formulated glucose drink, similar to a syrupy soda. After you down the sweet stuff, you’ll wait an hour and then have the sugar level in your blood tested.

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which symptoms of diabetes appear during pregnancy in a woman who is not diabetic. Babies born to moms with gestational diabetes are more likely to have complications.

If you’re diagnosed with gestational diabetes, careful management of your condition may lower those risks. Learn more about managing diabetes during pregnancy.

My aching feet

The added pounds of pregnancy can take a toll on your whole body, but your feet bear the brunt of that baby weight.

The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to help ease sore, swollen feet during pregnancy:

  • Rest with your feet elevated as often as you can.
  • Don't cross your legs or ankles.
  • When sitting, stretch your feet and legs often.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Have your feet measured to make sure you're wearing the right size, as pregnancy can make feet longer and wider.

Changes in your skin and hair

Many women get the "rosy glow" of pregnancy. But, pregnancy also brings acne, darkened skin spots and stretch marks too. Learn about the common changes in skin and hair and how to manage them.

Being there - advice for dads

Times have changed and dads can be involved in many ways throughout pregnancy. YOU are important to your partner and your baby - Find out how.