If she’s fit, a woman is less likely to develop diabetes during pregnancy, a new study contends.
Researchers who followed 1,300 U.S. women found that high levels of fitness before pregnancy were tied to a 21 percent lower risk of gestational diabetes.
These findings show that women should think about getting into shape before conceiving, according to the University of Iowa researchers.
“Women are very careful during pregnancy with what they eat and the exercise they get. But the study shows women should engage in these healthy behaviors before they get pregnant as well,” study corresponding author Kara Whitaker said in a university news release.