Finally, The First Home Pregnancy Test That Tells You How Pregnant You Are

Pregnancy Time-Lapse Video: A Walk Through Seven States

Its levels can fluctuate in the first weeks of gestation, and even remain low in some women. Thats one reason why doctorsand Clearbluesay it cant replace an ultrasound and clinical diagnosis. Earlier on in pregnancy, theres a much narrower range of hCG levels, but as pregnancy progresses, there becomes a much wider range. Using it to actually date a pregnancy is much more challenging once youre a few weeks along, which is usually about when we actually see patients, says Proudfit. For some, the value of the new test may simply be historical. Women treasure their tests as reminders of their first steps toward parenthood, and pregnancy tests themselves have experienced an interesting evolution.
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More on Yahoo: Amanda Seyfried Posts Adorable Photos for Flashback Friday Beecher tells the story of Burch’s pregnancy against a backdrop of the changing seasons. She starts out in boots and ends in flip-flops. The footage shows her walking past many locations in the seven states she visited (California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts) over a period of nine months. All the while, her belly is growing underneath what looks like the same red T-shirt. In fact, it’s three T-shirts.
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Gestational Diabetes Risk Pointed Out With Pre-Pregnancy Hormone Testing

Researchers found that normal-weight women with low levels of adiponectin were 3.5 times more likely to develop gestational diabetes than their normal-weight peers with normal levels of the hormone. Additionally, overweight women with high levels of adiponectin were 1.7 times as likely to develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, while those with the lowest levels were 6.8 times more likely. “Our findings indicate important pregnancy interventions may be possible before a woman even conceives,” said Monique M. Hedderson, PhD, principal investigator of the study and research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, Calif. “Adiponectin levels are easy and inexpensive to measure and could potentially be used to identify women who are at risk for gestational diabetes.” The relationship between low adiponectin levels prior to pregnancy and the risk of diabetes was highly significant among the study group, according to the researchers, and it increased among women with higher body mass indexes (BMI), even after the data was adjusted for confounding factors such as family history of diabetes, race, smoking and blood glucose and insulin levels. This study included women who volunteered to participate in Kaiser Permanente’s multiphasic health check up exam, therefore the population may be more health conscious than the general population.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.medindia.net/news/gestational-diabetes-risk-pointed-out-with-pre-pregnancy-hormone-testing-124390-1.htm

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