Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is defined as a transient carbohydrate intolerance that starts during 24-28 week of gestation and ceases post pregnancy. GDM is associated with higher than normal blood glucose levels which can have varying degrees of severity. Although blood glucose levels tend to return to normal postpartum, women with GDM are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Gestational diabetes is no associated with any obvious symptoms, however some individuals report:
- Increased thirst
- Excessive urination
What To Expect
- Thorough examination of history, risk factors, and goals
- Completion of pre-exercise screening assessment for physical activity during pregnancy
- Comprehensive movement assessment
- Individualised evidence-based exercise program
How We Can Help
In women with gestational diabetes mellitus, exercise has been proven to be beneficial in improving pregnancy outcome. Individual based exercise programs can help to reduce blood sugar levels during pregnancy and can help to reduce the chances of developing type 2 diabetes in the future.