Diabetes in Pregnancy - Physiotherapy Advice
Often times a diagnosis of diabetes in pregnancy (also known as Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), can be overwhelming and cause feelings of fear and helplessness.
What is GDM?
During pregnancy the hormonal changes can cause insulin resistance resulting in an increase in blood sugar levels. If the level is too high it can be a health risk to both mom and baby.
If you have been recently diagnosed, your doctor or obstetrician may prescribe various treatment methods to help you manage with this. Physical activity and resistance training is recognized as a helpful adjunct to managing GDM. The benefits of exercise are in pregnancy alone are countless but in GDM this also offers:
- improved physical health and well being
- improved control of blood sugar levels
- reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes beginning in the postpartum period
- weight management
At Inner Active Pelvic Health, our physiotherapists are specially trained in working with pregnant women who have gestational diabetes. If you doctor has given you the all OK to exercise during this time one of our physiotherapists can assist and help you identify an effective and safe program. When choosing to exercise with GD they can help you with the following:
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