Helpful Information/Links

 

Although each pregnancy is unique, certain changes are common to all normal pregnancies.  A basic understanding of physical and emotional changes of pregnancy helps a woman to understand pregnancy and have a positive experience.  How well you take care of yourself has a direct effect on the health of your baby.  You can find information on a variety of topics provided below.

For many this may be your first pregnancy which can be exciting and a little scary because you may not know what is expected. The link below provides a detailed summary on what to expect during your prenatal visits
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What to expect when I'm expecting

Click on the links below for helpful tips and medications that are safe to take during pregnancy:

Medication List
Nutrition During Pregnancy
Weight Gain During Pregnancy
Smoking During Pregnancy
My baby's growth


Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a condition characterized by high blood sugar (glucose) levels that is first recognized during pregnancy. The condition occurs in approximately 4% of all pregnancies.

What Is Gestational Diabetes?

Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes

Diabetes can affect the developing fetus throughout the pregnancy. In early pregnancy, a mother's diabetes can result in birth defects and an increased rate of miscarriage.

Gestational Diabetes Symptoms

Because gestational diabetes does not cause symptoms, you need to be tested for the condition.

Gestational Diabetes Causes

Find out what causes gestational diabetes.

Are You at Risk for Gestational Diabetes?

If you have had gestational diabetes before, or if your doctor is concerned about your risk of developing gestational diabetes, a test may be performed before the 13th week of pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes Screening and Tests

All pregnant women should be screened for gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. Screening may be done by taking the woman's medical history, examining certain risk factors, or screening with an oral glucose tolerance test.

Treatment for Gestational Diabetes

If you have gestational diabetes, you will be asked to take certain dietary and lifestyle measures to keep your blood sugar at a safe level.

Preventing Gestational Diabetes

In some women, gestational diabetes cannot be prevented. But you may be able to lower your chance of getting gestational diabetes by staying at a healthy weight and not gaining too much weight during pregnancy.

If you are diagnosed with diabetes during the pregnancy you will have to abide by a strict, yet healthy diet in order to maintain appropriate glucose levels.  Below is a sample of an appropriate meal plan for those diagnosed with gestational diabetes:

Gestational Diabetes Meal Plan

Dr. Triche is affiliated with the following hospitals for deliveries/surgeries:

East Houston Regional Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center