Intervene early to curb weight

Four individual sessions based on diet and exercise delivered by a lifestyle coach between 14 and 28 weeks’ gestation was enough to significantly limit weight gain at 28 weeks in overweight women, with an average gain of 6kg.

Overweight women in a control group gained 7.8kg.

A total of 228 overweight and obese women at risk of developing gestational diabetes took part in the study.

Overall, 22% of the study participants went on to develop gestational diabetes

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