Diagnosing Gestational Diabetes


What is gestational diabetes? When diabetes starts during pregnancy, it is called gestational diabetes. Women with diabetes (whether or not it is classified as gestational diabetes) need special care during pregnancy. Diabetes is a condition that prevents the body from using food properly. The body receives its major source of energy from a sugar known […]

Knowing the Risk Factors and Signs of Preterm Labor


A full term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. Preterm labor is when an expectant mother goes into labor before her 37th week of pregnancy. Ideally, it’s best to stay pregnant until at least 39 weeks because the last few weeks of pregnancy are an important time for the baby’s growth and development. However, about one in […]

What is Genetic Counseling? And Why You Should Care


Genetics is the branch of science that deals with how traits are passed from parent to child through genes. Genetic counselors have an advanced degree in the field of genetics. Laurie Tams, the genetic counselor at Virginia Women’s Center, works with mothers and couples to explain the array of prenatal testing options available and helps […]

Free Seminar: High-Risk Pregnancy: Know What to Expect 10/24/12

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A high-risk or difficult pregnancy might pose challenges before, during or after delivery. We’ve seen the discussions in our Richmondmom.com Junkies Facebook group and understand the challenges this brings for expectant families. If you are at risk, you and your baby might need special monitoring or care throughout your pregnancy. VCU Medical Center and Children’s […]