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Working Out While Pregnant Can Help Prevent Gestational

Working Out While Pregnant Can Help Prevent Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes (resulting in high blood sugar) that occurs during pregnancy. It is one of the most common complications of pregnancy and is linked to other dangerous conditions like pre-eclampsia, hypertension, preterm birth, and higher risk of having to have a cesarean delivery. It is also related to an increased risk of the child being overweight, being obese, or developing diabetes later in life.

If you want to know how to prevent gestational diabetes, look to physical activity first. A study published in June 2015 looked at data from 2,873 women; half had followed physical exercise programs during pregnancy and half had not. The women who had exercised showed a significantly lower risk of developing gestational diabetes. And the earlier in the pregnancy the exercise regime began, the lower the risk. No adverse events associated with exercising were reported.

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