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At 24 weeks, it's a good idea for you to familiarize yourself with the signs of preterm or premature labor. They are:
- Swelling in the hands or face
- Constant or severe vomiting
- An increase or change in vaginal discharge, especially a rush of amniotic fluid or any blood
- A low, dull backache
- Pain while urinating
- Sharp pain in your stomach
- More than five contractions or cramps in a one- hour period
- Intense pelvic pressure (feels like the baby is pushing down)
If you experience any of these symptoms you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Between 24 and 28 weeks, your doctor will more than likely test your blood sugar levels for gestational diabetes. You will be required to drink a glucose drink and then have your blood drawn to test the levels of sugar in your blood. A high level may mean you need to have more extensive testing done and if the second test comes back showing high levels of sugar, you may be diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is quite common during pregnancy and it doesn’t mean you will have diabetes forever–it only happens during pregnancy. And although gestational diabetes is a serious condition that can cause many complications, for most women it is manageable through diet and medication. Many babies who are born to mothers with gestational diabetes are on the larger size and will require a heel prick after birth to test their own blood sugar levels as well.