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Understanding Gestational Hypertension

Posted on 4/6/2012

Gestational hypertension is a condition that develops only during a woman’s pregnancy and is often the precursor of a more serious condition known as preeclampsia. According to the American Pregnancy Association, preeclampsia affects approximately 2 to 6 percent of healthy, first-time moms. 

In this video, you can learn more about gestational hypertension and preeclampsia. The host discusses the complications that can arise, including what is normal and what can be a warning sign that something is amiss. She also outlines the criteria necessary for diagnosing the condition and what can be done to manage the condition.

The specialists at Sunrise Children’s Hospital of Las Vegas offer the highest quality of healthcare and support for mothers before, during, and after pregnancy. Call Sunrise today at (702) 731-5437 to learn more about our comprehensive mother and child care services.

A Brief Overview of Gestational Diabetes

Posted on 4/5/2012


As an organ of both digestive and endocrine function, the pancreas plays a vital role in the break down and absorption of the fuel we need to create energy. One of its most important functions is the secretion of insulin, a hormone responsible for facilitating the uptake of glucose, or sugar, into the cells of the body. Without the help of this hormone, glucose remains in the bloodstream and cannot be used by the cells to create the energy needed to perform vital body functions.

In a condition known as diabetes mellitus, the pancreas either does not secrete enough insulin or the body has mounted a resistance to the hormone’s effectiveness. When insulin does not function correctly and glucose remains in the blood, a condition known as hyperglycemia occurs and can threaten the health of almost every system in the body. When this condition occurs during pregnancy, it is known as gestational diabetes.

Unlike the other forms of diabetes, gestational diabetes occurs only temporarily during a woman’s pregnancy. Although the exact causes of this condition remain unknown, medical scientists believe that certain factors may contribute to the disease’s development. Hormones that are at higher levels during pregnancy, for example, may interfere with the insulin function. Excess maternal weight can also increase insulin resistance, keeping the body from effectively using its adequate supply. The increased blood sugar levels that occur as a result of this condition have the ability to cross the placenta and can potentially harm both mother and developing child.

There are certain risk factors that can increase your risk of developing gestational diabetes during your pregnancy. If you possess any of these factors, consider consulting with your physician about your potential risk. 


  • Obesity
  • Family history or personal history of diabetes or gestational diabetes
  • An age of 25 years or older
  • Previous delivery of a larger-than-average child
  • Previous stillbirth
  • Glucose in urine

To help prevent this condition from affecting your pregnancy, consider eating a healthy diet before and during your pregnancy and staying active to promote the maintenance of a healthy weight. You can also learn more about your risk factors and staying healthy during a high-risk pregnancy by contacting Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437 today.

Check Your Symptoms with the iTriage App

Posted on 3/30/2012


When you or your child is suffering from an illness or injury, it is often difficult to determine the cause and severity of the symptoms and where you should seek medical treatment. With the help of the iTriage application for iPhone and android, you have easy access to a large amount of medical information, including the potential causes of symptoms, the closest medical facilities, thousands of medications, medical procedures, and much more. The information provided in this app is clear, concise, and easy to use. 

With the help of iTriage, you even have access to emergency hotlines and nurse advice lines. If you would like to learn more about this application and how it can be of use to you and your family, contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437.

Happy Doctors' Day from Sunrise Children's Hospital!

Posted on 3/30/2012

Today we celebrate Doctors’ Day, a day we thank and recognize our dedicated physicians for the care and expertise they provide to our patients each and every day.


Helpful Tips for Picky Eaters: Making Sure Your Child Has a Healthy Diet

Posted on 3/27/2012

Children's Nutrition

As a parent, it is completely natural for you to worry about whether or not your child is getting the right vitamins and minerals and an adequate amount of calories as he or she grows and develops.  Unfortunately, many children do not enjoy the foods that are best for them—such as vegetables—and mealtimes can be difficult. To help them get the nutrition they need, consider the following tips for picky eaters. 

  • Make mealtime exciting
    You can help your child to enjoy eating healthier foods by making meals more fun. Serve a variety of brightly-colored vegetables with a few different dipping sauces. Consider using cookie cutters or creative culinary techniques to shape healthy foods into interesting shapes.
  • Add veggies where they are least expected
    You can get creative with nutrition by sneaking healthy foods into more of your recipes. If your child loves pasta dishes, add some extra vegetables into the sauce. 
  • Have your child help you choose and prepare meals
    Letting your child pick out his or her own fruits, vegetables, and grains while at the grocery store will often help your child to be more excited about making healthy choices. Encouraging your child to help you in the food’s preparation may also help him or her to have a more vested interest in the meal.
  • Be a good role model
    One of the most important ways that you can help your child eat healthier is to make healthy decisions yourself. Setting a good example at mealtime will often encourage your child to imitate your behavior.

March is National Nutrition Month—celebrate this month by increasing your knowledge of what composes a nutritious, balanced diet and recommit yourself to eating healthier. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we believe strongly in the importance of proper nutrition as a part of every treatment and recovery process. If you would like to learn more about our clinical dietitians and how they help our patients achieve better health, contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 731-5437 today.

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