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Gestational Diabetes and Postpartum Care

Physical Activity

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Physical activity lowers blood sugar levels and is an important part of diabetes care. It is recommended to exercise every day for at least 30 minutes. One of the best exercises people can do when pregnant is walking. Walking after a meal helps lower blood sugar levels. Besides lowering blood sugar, walking and exercise helps to control weight gain, makes a person's heart stronger, reduces stress, helps to feel good about yourself, and prepares for labor and delivery.

Before staring an exercise program, it is recommended a person consults their health care provider to determine what exercise program is best for them.

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