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Gestational Diabetes: Can I Lower My Risk?

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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.

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Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on January 08, 2015
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