Healthy Eating in Early Pregnancy Lowers Risks for Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant women who consume a healthy diet early in pregnancy have a lower risk for gestational diabetes, reveals new research from the University of Turku in Finland. The study focused on the prevalence of pregnant women who are overweight or obese.

Obesity is a significant risk factor for pregnant women developing gestational diabetes, and an increasing number of women are overweight or obese. Diet plays an influential role in obesity and the onset of gestational diabetes mellitus.


The study was conducted at the University of Turku and the Turku University Hospital in Finland. It examined the connection between dietary intake and the onset of gestational diabetes in 351 overweight or obese pregnant women.

All participants had their nutrient intake calculated from food diaries and were grouped into two dietary patterns. There was a healthy dietary pattern group and an unhealthy dietary pattern group. The overall quality of diet was indexed with the inflammatory potential noted.

The first author of the study Lotta Pajunen concluded, “Our research results show that following a healthy diet in early pregnancy reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.

”The study clearly showed that a diet that increases the low-grade inflammatory markers in the body was connected to an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes.

Higher consumption of saturated fats was also linked to gestational diabetes. Researchers noted that the intake of saturated fats is known to increase the body’s inflammation.


Researchers suggest consuming a diet of vegetables, fruit, berries, and whole-grain products for pregnant women to help reduce the risk of diabetes. Staying away from saturated fats is also particularly important. Mothers who are overweight or obese may benefit from dietary guidance in early pregnancy.

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Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.


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