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Lifestyle changes ineffective at reducing risk of gestational diabetes in pregnant women

Discussions surrounding healthy weight gain during pregnancy is often neglected during antenatal care. Too often, lifestyle factors contributing to a healthy pregnancy weight (such as nutrition, exercise and sleep) are not considered.Historically, women have not been weighed during routine checkups with midwives and obstetricians. Exacerbating the issue, ‘talking about weight’ has been described as a challenging activity amongst professionals.
Considering the risk of the gestational weight gain (GWG) can independently increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) by up to 53%,1 monitoring and discussing GWG is a critical component of the standard healthcare plan. Sixteen percent of pregnant women will develop GDM2 with prevalence increasing globally.3
Gestational diabetes mellitus increases the risk of pregnancy and birth complications. Such risks include pre-eclampsia, emergency caesarian section or having an oversized baby.4Women diagnosed with GDM also have a 7…

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