• What should I know about Post Partum Depression

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    Having a baby is stressful—no matter how much you've looked forward to it or how much you love your child. Considering the sleep deprivation, new responsibilities, and lack of time for yourself, it's no surprise that a lot of new moms feel like they're on an emotional rollercoaster. The baby blues are perfectly normal, but if your symptoms don't go away after a few weeks or get worse, you may be suffering from postpartum depression. Here's how to get back on the road to happy motherhood.

    You're not alone. Some degree of emotional vulnerability is natural and expected after childbirth. Up to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues, an emotional reaction that begins a few days to a week after delivery and generally lasts no longer than two weeks. If you have the blues, you may be weepy, anxious, and unable to sleep. You may also be irritable or moody.

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  • MAMA PLUS - How to avoid and risks related to gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy)?

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    Are you at risk of getting gestational diabetes?

    Below are some of the things you need to keep track  if you are getting ready to get pregnant.

    ·         Being overweight - (having a BMI of 30 or more) going into pregnancy is one of the most common risk factors for gestational diabetes, because the extra weight affects insulin's ability to properly keep blood sugar levels in check.

    ·         Higher level of abdominal fat - Recent research published in the American Diabetes Association's journal, Diabetes Care, found that women who had higher levels of abdominal fat in the first trimester of pregnancy may be more likely to be diagnosed with gestational diabetes later in pregnancy.

    ·         Older Moms - Doctors have noted that women over the age of 35 have a significantly higher risk of developing GDM.

    ·         Have a family history - If diabetes runs in the family, you may be more at risk of GDM. Women who are African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American are also statistically more likely to receive a GDM diagnosis.

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