Pregnancy can be hard enough – morning sickness, followed by all of those aches and pains, restless nights and weird food habits. The addition of a gestational diabetes diagnosis on top can be overwhelming, and so avoiding gestational diabetes in future pregnancies can make a big difference to both your health and your newborn’s health. What steps can you take to minimise your risk of Gestational Diabetes in your next pregnancy?
It is possible for some women to avoid gestational diabetes in future pregnancies, despite being diagnosed in the past. Currently, it's estimated that if gestational diabetes occurred in the first pregnancy, the woman has around a 50% chance of having gestational diabetes in the second, and this risk increases with every subsequent pregnancy.
Age, ethnic background and number or pregnancies are all risk factors for gestational diabetes, however, are considered non-modifiable – as we can’t really change these. There is one risk factor, however, that is modifiable – WEIGHT. More specifically it’s actually the amount of adipose (fat) tissue we carry prior and during pregnancy, which brings the biggest risk factor for recurrence.
What steps can you take to minimise your risk of Gestational Diabetes in your next pregnancy?
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