How to Prevent Getting Diabetes During Pregnancy

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Prevent getting gestational diabetes during pregnancy by developing healthy lifestyle habits before becoming pregnant. Learn how certain ethnicities and women over the age of 25 who have had a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds are more likely to develop gestational diabetes with information from a family nurse practitioner in this free video on diabetes.

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How do you prevent diabetes during pregnancy? Hi I'm Amy Bull, Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Before we talk about preventing diabetes in pregnancy let's talk about risk. You are more likely to develop diabetes in pregnancy if you are of a certain ethnic group, specifically African American, Hispanic or Asian American. You are also at risk if you are over 25 or have had diabetes during a previous or if you delivered a baby weighing greater than nine pounds. These are factors that put you at risk for developing diabetes during pregnancy known as gestational diabetes. How do you prevent it? Well the best thing to do is before becoming pregnant get in the habit of having a good healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly and eat healthy. If you are pregnant, before you begin an exercise program you need to talk to your healthcare provider for suggestions for how to safely implement exercise during pregnancy.

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