Exercise in pregnancy reduces gestational diabetes

We all know how important it is to look after your body during pregnancy… not just for the health of your baby, but for your own health too. After all, carrying your baby, going through labour, and looking after a newborn is hardly a walk in the park, so we need to make sure our bodies are as healthy as they can possibly be!

One of the most common side-effects of pregnancy is Gestational Diabetes – a condition that in itself isn’t too serious, but is associated with disorders such as pre-eclampsia, hypertension and preterm birth – and, long-term, could lead to a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes. But research shows we can reduce our risk of gestational diabetes simply by exercising.

Exercise actually reduced their risk of gestational diabetes by 30%

The review in question, presented in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, looked at the effect of exercise during pregnancy. In the study, the team looked at the results of adding exercise into the lives of healthy, pregnant women who were previously doing little to no exercise, and found that the added exercise actually reduced their risk of gestational diabetes by 30%. And if that’s not enough, it also reduced the chances of excessive weight-gain during pregnancy. So head out for a brisk walk, or introduce some swimming, or light jogging into your life, and you’ll be helping to keep your pregnant body as healthy as possible in preparation for your special little arrival.

Dr Sally Norton is a UK Health Expert, NHS Weight Loss Surgeon and founder of www.vavistalife.com

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