A new review has shown that exercise reduces the risk of pregnant women developing gestational diabetes. Spanish researchers analysed 13 studies on more than 2,800 pregnant women who normally did little or no exercise. The studies looked at what happened when these women participated in exercise programs. According to the findings, moderate levels of exercise had significant positive effects on health and were found to be safe for both mother and baby.Women who exercised also reduced their risk of pregnancy-related diabetes by more than 30 percent. For those who exercised throughout pregnancy, the risk of gestational diabetes was 36 percent lower. The benefits were most clearly seen among women who combined exercises that focused on toning, strength, flexibility and aerobic exercise. If the existing benefits weren’t enough, researchers also found that these moderate levels of exercise helped pregnant women maintain a slightly lower weight. The findings showed that women who exercised during pregnancy were almost 1 kg lighter than women who didn’t exercise.
While further studies are needed to establish whether this effect is seen in all pregnant women, the current results are promising. Exercise has undeniable benefits, however, if you are pregnant, it is important to make sure that your exercise routine is not too vigorous. Consulting your doctor for recommendations will help you to get a better idea of the types of exercise you can do safely.
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