Skip to content

    Diabetes Health Center

    Select An Article

    Gestational Diabetes: Can I Lower My Risk?

    (continued)
    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Activity

    Getting regular exercise, if your condition allows it, can help keep your glucose levels healthy. Walking and swimming are good choices.

    In one study, researchers found that women who were physically active before and during their pregnancy -- about 4 hours a week -- lowered their risk of gestational diabetes by about 70% or even more.

    Check with your doctor about how much and how often you should exercise. It depends upon your overall health.

    After Delivery

    Some of the same risk factors that put you in danger of getting gestational diabetes also make you more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life. And if you have gestational diabetes, your risk of type 2 diabetes after your pregnancy rises.

    After your baby is born, follow the same healthy diet and exercise plan.

    Getting back to a healthy weight will also lower your risk. But you don't have to worry about fitting into your "skinny jeans" again right away. When you're overweight, losing 5% to 7% of your body weight helps: If you weigh 180 pounds, losing just 9 pounds makes a difference.

    Bonus: Shedding those pregnancy pounds will get you in better shape for being an active mother.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on May 14, 2016
    1 | 2
    Next Article:

    Today on WebMD

    Diabetic tools
    Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and more.
    woman flexing muscles
    10 strength training exercises.
     
    Blood sugar test
    12 practical tips.
    Tom Hanks
    Stars living with type 1 or type 2.
     
    kenneth fujioka, md
    Video
    Can Vinegar Treat Diabetes
    Article
     
    Middle aged person
    Tool
    jennie brand miller
    Video
     

    Prediabetes How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
    Article
    type 2 diabetes
    Slideshow
     
    food fitness planner
    Tool
    feet
    Slideshow