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  1. The objective that Jasmine covered in her project was “explain the common disorders during pregnancy and their cause.” The specific topic of her project was about gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), including the risk factors of it. GDM is a condition that is characterized by glucose intolerance before, during, and after pregnancy. Most of the time, it ends after pregnancy. This condition is not uncommon, with it affecting one out of every ten pregnancies worldwide. The actual cause of the disease is unknown, but it is thought to have something to do with abnormal hormone levels in the placenta. Another cause may be due to the maternal immune system not changing like it should during pregnancy. Some risk factors of this condition are family history of it, having it in previous pregnancies, pre-pregnancy BMI, and increased age. GDM may cause major complications during the pregnancy including hypertension, preeclampsia, excessive fetal growth (most common complication), infections, pre-diabetes after the pregnancy, and stillborns. Some treatments for GDM include certain screenings and a low glycemic diet. For Jasmine’s media, she drew an outline of a pregnant woman connecting to a fetus. In each outline, she has some complications that GDM may cause. In the fetus outline, she listed preeclampsia, macrosomia, excessive body fat, stillborn, increased insulin, premature delivery. In the outline of the women, she listed type 2 diabetes, infection, hypertension, and pre-diabetes.

    Emma Sauer

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