Diabetes Australia's (the third oldest diabetes association in the world) latest figures show that over 200,000 women have suffered gestational diabetes during the last 10 years and is expected to exceed 500,000 within the next decade. Gestational diabetes can be fatal if untreated and could likely lead to overweight babies, premature births, as well as PreEclampsia.
A technology that can change the way women check their baby’s health is in the final stages of development. PulseNmore LTD, an Israeli startup is developing a handheld ultrasound device that can be connected to any smartphone for monitoring the growth of a fetus.
The mHealth app, designed by researchers at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, helps obstetric care providers identify perinatal depression in soon-to-be and new mothers and gives them care management tips.
Maternal stress during the second trimester of pregnancy may influence the nervous system of the developing child, both before and after birth, and may have subtle effects on temperament, resulting in less smiling and engagement, as well as diminished ability to regulate emotions.
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