Healthy Living Before Pregnancy May Reduce Diabetes Risk

Healthy Living Before Pregnancy May Reduce Diabetes Risk

Our PregActive programs cover all required aspects of achieving a healthy lifestyle. And now, research shows that by healthy living before pregnancy may reduce diabetes risk.

This study reported on links between the development of diabetes in pregnancy and certain lifestyle factors, however; the study was not designed to prove whether or not they directly caused diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a common pregnancy complication that can potentially have harmful effects on mothers and babies.

Healthy Living Before Pregnancy

Research on Diabetes and Pregnancy

Studied the data from more than 14,000 American women.

Results of Study

1. They found that the strongest risk factor for gestational diabetes during pregnancy was being overweight or obese during pregnancy.

2. Women who were obese ‘pre-pregnancy‘ had more than a four times higher risk of gestational diabetes than those who had a normal weight before pregnancy.

3. Women who were at a normal weight at the start of pregnancy, and who didn’t smoke and were physically active had a 52 percent lower risk of developing gestational diabetes than other women.

4. Women who ticked the box for making all the right healthy lifestyle choices (healthy nutrition, maintained a healthy weight, exercised, did not smoke) were 83% less likely to develop gestational diabetes than those with none of those habits.

Planning for Pregnancy Fitness

5. Researchers believe that almost half of all gestational diabetes could be prevented if women were at a normal, healthy weight before pregnancy, didn’t smoke and participated in regular physical activity.

This research shows that the healthy lifestyle choices you make pre-pregnancy and also during pregnancy can play a significant role in you reducing the chances of developing diabetes.

While there are often other ‘uncontrollable’ factors at play there is enough evidence to provide the encouragement you need to get PregActive today and address all of your lifestyle habits that you can control.

Source: Adherence to healthy lifestyle and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus: prospective cohort study

Kerryn Boyle
Kerryn Boyle
Kerryn is a Prenatal Exercise Instructor. Kerryn’s areas of expertise includes providing women with safe at-home pregnancy workouts and postpartum workouts. From pregnancy yoga classes to week by week, it's all right here.

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