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Exercise tips with gestational diabetes

Being active is an important part of managing blood sugar levels with gestational diabetes.

You can exercise when you have gestational diabetes as long as your midwife, doctor or diabetes care team say it is OK.

If there's a workout at the gym or a type of exercise you enjoyed before you became pregnant, ask if it’s OK for you to keep doing it, or if you should make changes, or try something else.

The NHS says that women with a body mass index (BMI) of 27 or more before pregnancy may be advised to do moderate exercise in pregnancy of at least 150 minutes a week.

The type of activity doesn't matter, as long as it is safe and makes you slightly out of breath and gets your heart rate going. Good choices include swimming, cycling, or a brisk walk. Check with your GP or midwife about which activity to choose.

Staying fit during pregnancy is also good for your posture and to help avoid common problems like backache and fatigue.

Because exercise can lower your blood sugar you'll probably be advised to keep a sugary snack with you, such as glucose tablets or a handful of jelly babies.

Make sure you've had a snack or meal some time before the exercise, and check blood sugar levels as recommended.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on September 22, 2017

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