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Health Tips for May 18

Posted Oct 23 2008 2:22pm
Health Tip: Preparing Your Pet for Baby

Bringing a new baby into your home where your family pet is already settled can be an adjustment for your furry family members.

The American Pregnancy Association lists these suggestions to help prepare your pet for the smooth arrival of your new baby:

* Address issues now that you think may cause problems when the baby arrives.
* Try establishing new routines before the baby arrives so that the pet is already adjusted to your change in activities.
* If you have a dog, teach him which toys are for him, and which are off-limits.
* Understand that your pet may be jealous of the attention you give to the baby, so make sure that you give him plenty of love and affection, too.
* Never leave your baby alone in the room with a dog -- make sure someone always supervises them together.
* Talk to your veterinarian about ways to make these changes easier for your pet.

Health Tip: Risk Factors for Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes starts in women during pregnancy, then often disappears after the baby is born.

Women who develop the condition should be carefully monitored throughout pregnancy, and should carefully manage their diet.

Here are common risk factors for gestational diabetes, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

* Being of African or Hispanic descent.
* Becoming pregnant when older than 25.
* Having had a child with a birth defect.
* Having had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
* Being obese.
* Having frequent infections.
* Having an unexplained miscarriage, or having a newborn who died.
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