Gestational diabetes mellitus is a condition affecting somewhere between 1% and 14% of pregnant women, and it can cause high blood pressure, early delivery and even a need for a cesarean. Additionally, recent studies have found a link between gestational diabetes and autism, showing that women who develop this type of diabetes by the 26th week of pregnancy are 63% more likely to give birth to a child with autism.

This may sound scary, but there is something all expecting mothers can do to increase their chances of having an easy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Namely, pregnant women who exercise moderately during pregnancy lower the risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus by 30%. The percentage increases if a woman works out throughout pregnancy.

Exercising during pregnancy is also linked to maintaining a lower weight and having an overall healthy child. The sooner you start your workout, the better, ladies!

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