Exercise doesn’t prevent pregnancy-related diabetes

A recent study out of Norway looks at the effects of exercise on women with gestational diabetes and claims that “Exercise doesn’t prevent pregnancy-related diabetes.”  While this attention grabbing headline does just that, the more interesting part of the study shows that:

“What the study more clearly shows is that it’s hard to get pregnant women to exercise regularly, Driggers told Reuters Health in an email — just as it’s hard to get people in general to exercise, she noted. She also pointed out that only 13 percent of the women in the study were exercising at a moderate to high intensity three times a week when they entered the study. And that’s the level the exercisers were asked to adopt.

It might have been asking too much for many women, according to Driggers.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests that healthy pregnant women try to be active — with moderate activities like walking — for 30 minutes a day on most, if not all, days of the week.”

As a woman with type 1, I can say from my own experience that my last pregnancy was the healthiest. I ran all the way through and felt better and stronger than I did with my first two pregnancies. Women with all types of diabetes should focus on the varied benefit of exercise….sanity, strength and a quicker return to your svelte self when its all over.

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