Spinach and other leafy green vegetables are great sources of folate

A study examining 14,553 women and 20,199 pregnancies from the Nurses’ Health Study between 1991 and 2001 showed a reduced risk of Gestational Diabetes when 400mcg of folic acid supplements were taken before the women became pregnant. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, or vitamin B9, which is found in leafy green vegetables, nuts, peas, beans and other foods.

Dr. Huang explains, “Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that is first seen in a pregnant woman who did not have diabetes before she was pregnant. Doctors most often test for it between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. Often gestational diabetes can be controlled through eating healthy foods and regular exercise but some women with gestational diabetes must also take insulin.”

Complications caused by gestational diabetes

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) blood sugar that is not well controlled in a woman with gestational diabetes can lead to problems for the pregnant woman and the baby including:

  • An Extra Large Baby
  • C-Section (Cesarian Section Delivery)
  • High Blood Pressure (Preeclampsia)
  • Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)

Compared to women who did not take a folic acid supplement, patients that took 400-600 mg of folic acid prior to pregnancy were 22-30% less likely to develop gestational diabetes. The researchers did not find a lower risk of gestational diabetes associated with consumption of foods that contain high amounts of folate. They cited earlier studies showing that folic acid is absorbed more easily into the body, compared to the naturally occurring form of the vitamin. Future studies will determine the appropriate dose of folic acid supplement to be taken before becoming pregnant.

 

National Infertility Awareness Week® (NIAW) begins April 21 – 27, 2019. Currently 7.3 million Americans are facing infertility, no matter what race, religion, sexuality or economic status you are, infertility doesn’t discriminate. Resolve, the National Infertility Association, is the sponsor for NIAW and is dedicated to ensuring that all people challenged in their family building journey reach resolution through being empowered by knowledge, supported by community, united by advocacy, and inspired to act.

RESOLVE exists to provide:

  • Access to Care
  • Advocacy for Coverage
  • Access to Support & Community
  • Access to Education
  • Awareness of All Family Building Options

Together, Resolve and NIAW will unite millions of Americans who want to remove the stigmas and barriers that stand in the way of building a family of their own.

In recognition of NIAW, Dr. Christopher Huang of Advanced Reproductive Center of Hawaii in Honolulu will be hosting a FB Live Webinar discussing Five Things You Always Wanted to Know About Infertility on Wednesday, April 24th at 6:00 PM. Dr. Huang will explain the fertility options available and address the questions he’s come across in his over 20 years of practice as a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist .

How to register

To watch the webinar, click here to register. We’ll send you an email with instructions to make sure you don’t miss out.

 

 

To learn more about Resolve or to join a Resolve peer led support group in Hawaii, contact:

Vanessa at Honolulu General Infertility Support Group
Email: ResolveHawaii@outlook.com

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ICSI is a specialized form of advanced reproductive technology that is recommended if there is a fear that poor of failed fertilization may occur by traditional IVF, where sperm are added to the egg culture dish.

A study in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that climate change may lead to as many as 7,000 additional cases of congenital heart disease defects in infants born between 2025 and 2035 in eight representative states.

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Hypothyroidism is one of the most common medical conditions in the general population. Levothyroxine tablets are used to treat hypothyroidism, a disease in which the thyroid gland is underactive and does not produce enough thyroxine (T4), a hormone, which is important for controlling your metabolism.

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

Celebrating 40 Years of IVF

When Louise Brown turned 40 on July 25, we celebrated much more than her 40 years on earth. Louise had made history before she was even introduced to the world as the world’s first In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) baby.

Dr. Christopher Huang

Dr. Christopher Huang was one of a select group of physicians who received the 2018 Patients’ Choice Award from Vitals, known for their online search tool helping consumers search for the best doctors online.

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More than five million Americans struggle with infertility. Infertility affects both men and women. If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, or planning to in the future, there are some potential risk factors regarding infertility.

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If you’re undergoing fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization, fertility medications or surrogacy, a recent study has found that vitamin D can help you or your surrogate achieve better fertility outcomes.