Exercise Key for Pregnant Women to Keep Diabetes in Check

Exercise Key for Pregnant Women to Keep Diabetes in Check

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 29 Jul 2016 - 16:10

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The myriad benefits of regular exercises have been emphasized time and again by medical journals and doctors. Exercising has been further stressed, particularly for obese pregnant women, as they face higher risks of complications, such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure.

"We advise all women to exercise during pregnancy, as long as there aren't any medical reasons that prevent them from exercising," Moholdt from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

By exercising as little as three times a week it can help reduce the risk of gestational diabetes says a study. In a university news release, study leader Dr. Trine Moholdt said "It's important to reduce obesity-related pregnancy complications because they can have long-term consequences for both the mother and her child".

The obese women are prone to gain more weight during pregnancy as compared to their slimmer counterparts. They tend often undergo cesarean section delivery to deliver large babies, the researchers said.

Study: Researchers studied two groups in the new study, where 91 pregnant women were randomly placed in one group who exercised thrice a week under supervision, by walking at a moderate rate on a treadmill for 35 minutes and took part in strength training for 25 minutes. The other group was given standard prenatal care.

The findings published online in a new study on July 26 in PLOS Medicine,  showed two women in the exercise group developed gestational diabetes versus nine women in the standard care group. In addition, the women who exercised had lower blood pressure levels shortly before giving birth.

The researchers noted that not all the women in the exercise group attended all of the sessions, and the amount of exercise they did wasn't strenuous. “Even a little training during pregnancy can be beneficial," said Kirsti Krohn Garnaes, a graduate student involved with the study.

 

Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, news release, July 26, 2016

 

 

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