Gestational Diabetes: Can I Lower My Risk?
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.
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.