Prenatal testing is part of prenatal care and it usually checks the health of the fetus as well as the mother. Knowing about your baby before birth can be helpful in making decisions before and after birth.
A recent study in the journal Diabetes Care reports no positive
benefit from continuous monitoring of pregestational diabetes in
pregnant women. Women recruited for the study were diagnosed with either
type 1 or type 2 diabetes prior to pregnancy.
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Fasting glucose is a blood test that requires the patient skip food for at least 12 hours prior to the test. Typically, the test is administered first thing in the morning so the patient can stop about bedtime for the test the following morning.
Scientists have discovered precisely how the human egg cells capture sperm to start the process of fertilization.
A team of researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have identified an
enzyme that may increase the likelihood of birth defects in children
born to mothers with diabetes. The enzyme, known as AMPK, signals cells
to stop producing a specific gene, PAX3.
Young African-American women are more likely to develop triple negative
strains of breast cancer. These strains have a high mortality rate with
most patients living less than five years.
Researchers have found a connection between eating low-fat yogurt during
pregnancy and an increased risk of hay fever and/or asthma in their
In Australia, researchers working in the field of infertility may have recognized a small factor that could measure the health of an embryo before IVF.
Pregnancy glucose levels could be predictive of future cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Diabetes, the tendency to have increased blood sugars, is among the most common medical conditions in pregnancy.
There are many common tests done later in pregnancy. One of the most discussed by pregnant women is the glucose tolerance test and fetal testing.
At your first visit your doctor will find out if you are at risk for diabetes. If, for example, there is a family history then you will usually get tested foir diabetes right away. Without risks, then diabetes screening will often occur during the 26th to 28th week of gestation.