Having a baby is such an exciting and busy time in your life, but with it comes various new changes to your body and risks associated with them, for example 68 Australian women are diagnosed every day with Gestational Diabetes, a form of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy.
Given how common Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is, it’s likely that you have either heard of it or know someone who has it. Perhaps you are worried that you might get it, however either way chances are that if you are reading this article, you are now trying to figure out what you can do about it…
So here at Precision Physio, we have developed this straightforward post for you about GDM and how exercise can be of so much benefit in the fight against it!
What is Diabetes
Diabetes is a metabolic condition where there is too much sugar in the blood. It occurs when the body cannot make enough insulin, or insulin is not functioning in the body to facilitate sugar uptake.
Gestational Diabetes is when diabetes develops while you’re pregnant and usually goes away after the baby is born. When you are pregnant you will already go through a natural state of insulin resistance, which limits sugar uptake.
Put simply – The keys that unlock the door for sugar to be taken from the blood no longer work!
To prevent any further complications, chances are that you will complete an oral glucose tolerance test at round the 24-28 weeks mark, to find out if you require further intervention.