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Infographic for physical activity in gestational diabetes

Does it have additional value in improving knowledge about physical activity and self efficacy to exercise?

Gestational diabetes is a glucose intolerance that develops during pregnancy. Physical activity has substantial benefits and minimal risks for pregnant women, and it is particularly important for the health of women with gestational diabetes and their babies.

Physical activity is recommended for women with gestational diabetes because it improves glycaemic control – a critical factor in reducing the risk of complications, such as maternal hypertension, pre-eclampsia, and birth trauma from macrosomia (birth weights >4 kg).

Despite robust evidence that exercise reduces the risk for these complications of gestational diabetes, most women with the condition do not participate in exercise as recommended.

Provision of the infographic led to a clinically important between-group difference in knowledge (mean between-group difference = 12 percent). Self-efficacy (confidence in one's ability to undertake an activity – in this case, exercise) also improved significantly more in the exercise group (by 2.5 points on a 0-to-10 scale).

This is an important finding for an intervention as simple as providing an infographic as a supplement to a clinical education class.

> From: Harrison, J Physiother 66 (2020) 243-248 . All rights reserved to Australian Physiotherapy Association. Click here for the online summary.

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