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Preconception Weight Loss

Gestational diabetes and weight loss: Should I lose weight before trying to get pregnant?

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Weight loss can decrease your risk of gestational diabetes. If you were in your 20s, I would recommend that you try to lose weight before getting pregnant again. But since you are 35, my recommendation is to not delay conception by trying to lose weight first, as fertility decreases with age. You should consider consulting a registered dietitian about beginning a preconception nutritional program, as doing so may reduce your risk. Thirty minutes of daily exercise also should be incorporated into your routine, as research shows it can greatly reduce gestational diabetes risk.

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From <i>Pregnancy Q&A</i> by Connnie Agnew, M.D., Febuary/March 2005