The March of Dimes – Palm Beach Division is getting ready for their upcoming Signature Chefs Auction, chaired by Lee and Marcia Haskin of Crossroads Financial. It will take place Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center. “This is your chance to sample local dishes, bid on unique silent and live auction packages and support the March of Dimes as they celebrate their 75th anniversary this year,” said Jamie Lober, Public Relations Chairman for the March of Dimes – Palm Beach Division. Though relatively new to the position, Lober is well-versed and confident as she answers some of our questions about the goals of the event and how she intends to improve Florida’s prematurity report card. “I should encourage preconception counseling and becoming as educated as you can about your body and pregnancy but personally, I would ask that people consider adoption as an option,” said Lober. Before anyone could interject, Lober continued on. “Growing up I saw my neighbor choose to adopt and I think it is such a wonderful gift if you can find it in yourself to do it,” said Lober. Community members are familiar with the Signature Chefs Auction as it takes place every year. “Last year almost sold out,” said Lober who did not know the amount that was raised but was certain the party was a success. “My goal is to beat what we raised last year,” said Lober. While the March of Dimes promotes good nutrition before, during and after pregnancy, Lober tells that it is okay to treat yourself sometimes and that with Bruce Feingold, executive chef and partner at DADA Restaurant in Delray Beach as chef chair it is sure to be delicious. Other featured chefs for the extravaganza include Chef Michael Grasso of Truluck’s, Chef Patrick Broadhead of Max’s Grill, Chef Patrick Buffard of Abe & Louie’s, Chef Carmine DiCandia of The Capital Grille, Chef Rey De La Osa of Publix Aprons Cooking School, Chef Michael Wright of Chop’s Lobster Bar, Chef Anthony Hoff of City Fish Market, Chef Jonathan Walko of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Chef Caleb Holman of Kapow Noodle Bar and Chef Gregg Schiff of The Dubliner. People are interested in eating well and looking good. “What you eat can have a positive or negative effect on you and we could discuss diabetes for example,” said Lober. As you could probably guess, pre-gestational diabetes can have an impact on pregnancy. “If your diabetes is not managed well you are at risk for birth defects, a large baby that increases your chance of having a cesarean delivery, high blood pressure and increased amniotic fluid that can lead to preterm delivery,” said Lober. It is not just the mom that is affected by pregestational diabetes. “The baby can have jaundice, low glucose levels or trouble breathing but most do fine after birth,” said Lober. If you have diabetes and are pregnant, tell your obstetrician. “The obstetrician can help you get your blood glucose level under control if it is notalready,” said Lober. Women tend to underestimate the importance of blood glucose management. “Some birth defects are caused by high blood glucose levels because the baby’s organs are developing especially during the first eight weeks and that is why it is vital that women look at diet, exercise and changing medications as directed by the doctor,” said Lober. Being accountable is easy. “There is a blood test called hemoglobin A1C that can monitor how you are doing and will approximate how well your blood glucose has been controlled over the past four to six weeks,” said Lober. Pregnancy can affect all sorts of things with glucose level being no exception. “If you have diabetes and are pregnant, it is not uncommon for your blood glucose level to be low if you exercise too much, skip a meal or do not eat enough,” said Lober. Diet is important for everyone, pregnant or not. “You can come to the Signature Chefs Auction and still make healthy choices but women with diabetes need to be extra cautious because not eating right can cause your glucose level to go too low or too high,” said Lober. Exercise can make a difference as well. “Staying active can keep your weight under control, help you sleep better, improve your energy and reduce lousy pregnancy issues like bloating, backaches and constipation,” said Lober. Do not forget insulin and know that the amount you need may increase during pregnancy. “I want to emphasize that it is safe to use and does not cause birth defects and there is also no reason women with diabetes would not be able to breastfeed,” said Lober. Driving home the point that preconception counseling is vital and the more information you gather, the better outcome you may potentially have, Lober tells that some issues are unavoidable. “Just do the best you can and if you really want a child, work with your obstetrician and your partner to tackle any issues that come along the way and be a model to your child by making healthy lifestyle choices,” said Lober. After discussing diabetes, one of the biggest issues facing expectant moms, we wonder if Lober will go back to make another pitch for adoption but instead she closes by championing the mission of the nonprofit. “Our mission is to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies and coming out to the Signature Chefs Auction is one fun way to help us make more progress,” said Lober.