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Pregnancy & Signs of Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a condition that affects between three and eight women out of every 100 pregnant women, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The condition occurs when your blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than they should be. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports the condition typically sets in around week 28 in the gestation period. In most cases, gestational diabetes is a temporary condition that corrects itself after delivery.

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Baby Eye Colors

The eye color with which your baby is born is not necessarily the eye color your baby will have for long. A newborn’s eye color is likely to change. Give it about 6 to 9 months; the eye color should stick by then, in some cases, eye color can take as long as three years to set. Caucasian babies usually have dark gray-blue eyes at birth; African-American, Asian and Hispanic babies usually have dark gray-brown or hazel eyes that continue to darken.

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How To Preserve Umbilical Cords

In the United States, the common custom of the father, or another important person in the newborn’s life, cutting the umbilical cord holds significance for the new family. It marks the end of the pregnancy and beginning of a new life in a way that allows the father or family member to participate in the birth of the baby. The preservation of the umbilical cord, common in many Asian and African cultures, further celebrates the birth of the child and exemplifies the significance of the umbilical cord. Making a keepsake out of an umbilical cord may seem more than a little extreme at first, but many moms see more than just a scab or unwanted tissue. They see the emotional value of preserving the very item that allowed them to nourish their baby for nine months.