Q: How can you avoid gestational diabetes?

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You can lower your risk and help prevent gestational diabetes, even for a second pregnancy, by:

  • Losing extra weight before—not during—pregnancy

  • Eating a healthy diet before and during pregnancy

  • Exercising using an appropriate fitness plan

  • Following your doctor’s recommended weight-gain plan throughout pregnancy

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