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The Do’s and Don’ts of Exercising with Gestational Diabetes

By MC Kelby HERWriter
 
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• Don’t do any activity while lying on your back when you are in your 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy
• Don’t perform activities that may bump or hurt your belly, or that may cause you to lose your balance
• Don’t overexert yourself
• Don’t get too tired while working out or doing physical activity

The exact amount of exercise, which benefits women with gestational diabetes and lowers blood sugar levels, has not been determined by medical experts.

If you are participating in moderate physical exercise program during your pregnancy and you feel light-headed, overheated, dizzy or sick, stop exercising immediately. Contact your doctor immediately, if these symptoms do not subside after you have stopped exercising.

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" What I need to know about Physical Activity and Diabetes - National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse." National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Aug. 2011. http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/physical_ez/#before.

"How to Treat Gestational Diabetes - American Diabetes Association." American Diabetes Association Home Page - American Diabetes Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Aug. 2011.
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Reviewed August 3, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Jody Smith

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