Weight gain in pregnancy 'risk factor for GDM in patients who were already obese'

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Weight gain in pregnancy is a significant risk factor for developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in women who are already overweight, but not in those whose body mass index (BMI) was low or normal before conception ...

... mothers-to-be who develop the complication put on more weight in the first 24 weeks of pregnancy than people whose glucose levels remain normal.

Good nutrition and lifestyle habits are really important for a healthy pregnancy, birth and baby. A preconception appointment with a midwife or obstetrician can help point women in the right direction to maximise health and well-being prior to pregnancy.

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