Regular Exercise Can Help With Gestational Diabetes

In a post by News Medical, about Gestational Diabetes and Exercise, they talked about :

Regular moderate-intensity exercise during the second half of pregnancy can improve fetal and maternal outcomes for women who develop gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), show study findings, although the team notes that regular exercise did not significantly reduce the risk for developing GDM per se.

As reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Jonatan Ruiz (University of Granada, Spain) and colleagues assessed the benefits of an intervention promoting moderate exercise three times a week (50-55 min per session) from weeks 10-12 to weeks 38-39 of pregnancy versus usual care for 510 women who were initially healthy and diabetes free.

I usually encourage women to exercise, even just a little, especially after a meal.  It seems to help lower the blood sugar levels and improve the health outcomes, and now there is proof!  Now, regular exercise did not reduce the women’s chances of developing gestational diabetes, but it helped their blood sugar levels.  So, walking about an hour for 3 days a week – which is almost the same as the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week we give to non-pregnant persons, makes a difference.

Keep walking and keep working on your meal plan, using a good meal guide!
Exercise can help with gestational diabetes!

About Mathea

Thanks for listening, I am a registered dietitian who had gestational diabetes and I want to help you find your way through this tough time. I have written several books and I have a book on Amazon about Gestational Diabetes Meal Plans.

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