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Dropping baby weight between pregnancies can decrease gestational diabetes risk

If you are pregnant or planning on having a baby sometime soon, the new guidelines say lose the baby weight between pregnancies to decrease your risk of gestational diabetes. (Cleveland Clinic)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There is new research that could make a difference if you are having a baby.

If you are pregnant, or planning on having a baby sometime soon, the new guidelines say to lose the baby weight between pregnancies.

A report released Wednesday from the Cleveland Clinic says one in seven births are impacted by gestational diabetes. That's a a condition that causes high blood sugar during pregnancy.

Now, recent research shows not shedding enough weight between pregnancies can increase a woman's risk of developing gestational diabetes. The study looked at more than 24,000 mothers and found that women who gained as little as six pounds between pregnancies have an increased risk.

The risk is even greater if the mother had a normal weight or body mass index with her first pregnancy.

The authors of this report say breastfeeding and extra exercise are the best ways to drop the weight in-between babies.

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