Many good reasons to exercise during pregnancy

A new Spanish study has found that exercising regularly during pregnancy can lower the risk of developing pregnancy-related high blood pressure (hypertension), reduce pregnancy weight gain and reduce the chances of delivering a large baby. The researchers studied 765 pregnant women who were randomly allocated to an exercise group or a control group who received…

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Breastfeeding lowers type 2 diabetes risk in women with GDM

New research shows that women with a history of gestational diabetes (GDM) during pregnancy who breastfeed their babies may lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study of more than 900 women with GDM who were followed up to 2 years found that those who breastfed for more than 2 months had around…

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The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) recommends a low GI diet for managing gestational diabetes (GDM)

In their recently released guidelines, Initiative on gestational diabetes mellitus: A pragmatic guide for diagnosis, management, and care, the The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) recommend a a minimum of 175g of carbohydrate per day, distributed in three small-to-moderate sized meals and 2−4 snacks, and a focus on lower GI foods. They say…

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Exercise during pregnancy reduces gestational diabetes risk

Women who exercise during pregnancy can reduce their risk of diabetes in pregnancy and prevent excess weight gain compared to those who don’t exercise according to a meta-analysis of previous studies, published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. They also found that exercise was most effective when performed throughout pregnancy, suggesting the earlier…

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What you eat during pregnancy could influence your child’s taste preferences

Research has shown that a woman’s diet during pregnancy may influence her baby’s taste, although exactly how this works is not clear. Some research has found that breastfed children are less fussy and more open to trying new foods, possibly due to greater exposure to different flavours during breastfeeding. This means that a mother’s healthy…

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Breastfeeding helps with post-pregnancy weight

Obese women who breastfeed their babies exclusively for at least 4 months are less likely to retain weight after pregnancy than those who don’t breastfeed according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. The researchers followed more than 700 women for 6 years after the birth of their child and collected information on…

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Exercise Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk After Gestational Diabetes

Women with gestational diabetes can significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes if they keep active following pregnancy according to new findings from the Nurses’ Health Study 2.  Researchers followed more than 4500 women who had a history of GDM for 16 years, collecting details on their activity levels over this time. They…

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Early breastfeeding support needed for women with gestational diabetes

Breastfeeding difficulties are common in women with gestational diabetes (GDM) and particularly in those who are overweight before pregnancy or who need insulin treatment during pregnancy according to the findings of a new US study. Researchers studied more than 880 women taking part in the Study of Women, Infant Feeding and Type 2 Diabetes After…

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Avoid fussy eaters by offering toddlers vegetables early and often

If you want your kids to eat their greens you need to start early and be persistent according to the findings of a new study. Researchers studied children aged 4 months to 3 years of age who were offered artichoke puree between 5 and 10 times during the intervention period.  They measured their intake of…

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