Thanks to Carissa Reed, PT who came by the clinic during our lunch hour to discuss “The Role of Physical Therapists in Helping to Prevent Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension during Pregnancy Through Exercise”.
Carissa is currently a UNC-CH DPT student and she is spending her time researching for her doctoral project to determine if exercise affects the occurrence of Gestational Diabetes and Preclampsia.
We spent an hour discussing, listening, and asking questions. In short, as exercise increases the risk of these two pregnancy complications decreases. The research even showed that any increase in activity levels can cause a risk decrease. The bottom line, activity is good for you, even in pregnancy.
Of course, as always, Be Careful! For people who are not already physically active you need to start slow. Maybe exercise 3 times a week for 10 minutes and work up. Finally, it is important to discuss beginning an exercise program with a health care professional and especially when pregnant. Check with your OB-GYN or primary care before beginning a program, and ask for a referral to physical therapy if you need further help getting started.