Reducing Your Risk of Gestational Diabetes
Here are some ways to reduce your risk of gestational diabetes :
- Maintain a normal weight gain during pregnancy.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Avoid smoking.
|Weight classification before pregnancy*||Institute of Medicine recommended gestational weight gain|
|Underweight (BMI 19.7 and under)||28 to 40 lb|
|Normal (BMI 19.8-24.9)||25 to 35 lb|
|Overweight (BMI 25-29.9)||15 to 25 lb|
|Obese (BMI 30 or greater)||15 to 25 lb|
- Stationary cycling
- Low-impact aerobics
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- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 10/13/2014
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