It was four days after my 30th birthday. Looking down at the two lines on that little stick, I knew that my life had already begun changing in so many ways. What I could not have anticipated were all of the challenges I would face in my pregnancy. Around the 30-week mark, I found out I had gestational diabetes, a disease that affects two to four per cent of all pregnancies in Canada. Although gestational diabetes is fairly common, I was devastated.
If you're pregnant and wondering if you can still hit the gym, recent research answers with a resounding "yes." Researchers looked at 2,800 healthy pregnant women who enrolled in exercise programs. By exercising moderately, the women reduced their risk of gestational diabetes by more than 30 per cent.