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Diabetes In Pregnancy

The Importance of Exercise

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 13:10

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Exercise is a healthy part of any pregnancy. For women with diabetes, regular exercise:

  • Reduces stress
  • Improves strength and flexibility
  • Helps your body use insulin better
  • Controls your weight
  • Leads to a quicker recovery after delivery

How Does Exercise Affect Blood Sugar?

Both exercise and insulin lower blood sugar. The combination can result in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

  • Know the signs of low blood sugar (confusion, shakiness, extreme hunger).
  • Always carry a source of sugar, such as hard candy or dried fruit, in case your blood sugar dips too low.
  • Have small snacks between meals.

Need To Know:

Feel your abdomen during exercise. If it feels very hard, you're exercising too intensely and should stop. If it's soft, you are working at the proper intensity.

How To Information:

Exercise Guidelines

Check with your doctor before starting or continuing an exercise program. Here are some tips:

  • Listen to your body - stop if you feel pain or dizziness, or if you experience vaginal bleeding.
  • Avoid twisting and turning, as well as activities that involve sudden stops and starts.
  • Don't exercise in hot, humid weather.
  • Drink fluids before, during and after exercise.
  • Choose swimming and other exercises that use the upper body muscles.
  • Exercise after meals.
  • Test blood sugar before and after your workout.

 

Diabetes In Pregnancy