Becoming pregnant does not mean you have to give up exercise or other physical activity. In fact, women with diabetes benefit from regular physical activity in pregnancy. It is a great way to relax and spend time with family and friends, as well as an essential tool for diabetes management.
Physical activity during pregnancy
Regular physical activity helps to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy and has many additional health benefits, including managing pregnancy symptoms, such as lower back pain, nausea, heartburn, constipation and sleep disruptions.
Physical activity is also a great mood regulator and can help you return to a healthy weight after you have had your baby. Your goal, while pregnant, should be to maintain your general health and fitness. Pregnancy is not the time to begin a new or strenuous exercise routine.
If you are already active, continue your activities as long as it is comfortable to do so. It is advised however, to avoid contact sports.
Blood glucose levels
Remember that you will need to consider the effect of physical activity on your blood glucose levels. Exercise generally lowers blood glucose levels, so if you are taking insulin you may need to make adjustments to your dose. It is important to discuss physical activity with your health professionals.