We know the importance of staying active throughout our lives, but it can be tempting to slack off during pregnancy, especially when those food cravings are calling. But according to a study recently published in Diabetes Care, women with higher levels of belly fat in the first trimester of pregnancy up their chances of developing gestational diabetes. Researchers evaluated ultrasound images of close to 500 women ranging from 18 to 42 years old. The images, used to measure fat levels, were taken at 11 to 14 weeks and predicted that women with higher abdominal fat were more likely to develop diabetes around 24 to 28 weeks. With this form of early detection, women may be able to not only understand their bodies better, but have more control of their overall health!

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