Did you know that regular cardiovascular exercise can help to prevent and manage Gestational Diabetes?
There are some risk factors that are out of our control:
-Family history of type II diabetes
-GDM in previous pregnancies
-Age (35+ years)
-Ethnicity: Aboriginal, South or East Asian, African American, Hispanic
So let's look at the risk factors we CAN control:
-Excessive maternal weight gain
-A diet high in simple carbohydrates
-A sedentary lifestyle
-Lifestyle induced high blood pressure
Participating in cardiovascular exercise up to 4 days a week can help reduce your chances of developing gestational diabetes by decreasing blood pressure, promoting healthy weight gain, and regulating blood sugar levels. Exercise is also used as a tool for managing gestational diabetes.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
-Walk to and from work or park farther from your office
-Go for a walk or to the gym on your after work
-Join a prenatal fitness class
-Swim at your local pool
We recommend completing a PARmed-X for Pregnancy form with your healthcare provider prior to beginning or resuming a fitness routine. It is full of helpful information. Click here for a copy of this form.