Study shows exercise during pregnancy reduces risks of gestational diabetes
A new study has found that women who exercise throughout their pregnancy are less likely to develop gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes affects nearly one-fifth of pregnant women, but is most commonly developed by women classified as obese.
Gestational diebetes is associated with an increased risk of as pre-eclampsia, hypertension, pre-term birth, as well as induced or Caesarean births, and can have long-term effects on a mother, including the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The condition also sees for children of mothers diagnosed as more likely to become obese and suffer from diabetes themselves.
The Spanish study focused on 2,800 pregnant women and was conducted in 13 trials.
The results showed that the introduction of exercise into a pregnancy reduced the risks of getting gestational diabetes by as much as thirty percent, with those who had previously exercised reducing the chances by thirty-six percent.
The study found that women were less likely to reduce their chances of developing the condition when they combined exercises such as toning, strength and aerobics together.