Many women develop diabetes while they are pregnant. This high level of blood sugar during pregnancy is called gestational diabetes, and can cause additional weight gain in women. This study found that screening women for diabetes in the first trimester (3 months) can prevent unnecessary weight gain. For example, in this study, 43% of pregnant women gained more total weight than recommended. However, weight gain was less likely among women with diabetes if they were diagnosed earlier in their pregnancy. In addition, early diagnosis allows women time to create lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and exercising to manage their blood sugar better.
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