Weight Gain Between Pregnancies Ups Gestational Diabetes Risk Photo: Veer / The Bump
It can be tough to lose those pregnancy pounds, but here’s extra motivation: In a recent study of 22,351 women, from Kaiser Permanente in northern California, moms who lost more than six pounds between their first and second pregnancies reduced their risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in their second pregnancies by about 50 percent, in comparison with moms whose weight stayed about the same (within six pounds, give or take). Those who gained about 12 to 17 pounds, on the other hand, were more than twice as likely to develop GDM than those whose weight held steady. And those with the greatest risk of all were those who’d gained about 18 pounds or more, who were about three times more likely to get GDM than the steady-weight moms.
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