A recent review and re-analysis of data from over 7000 pregnant women was carried out to determine why this might be.
The data confirmed that pregnant women have a positive attitude towards exercise: 80% identified it as important, 71% as beneficial and 86% as safe.
So what, then, prevented these women from exercising?
Predominantly it was intrapersonal such as fatigue, lack of time and pregnancy discomforts. The women believed that they would be more likely to exericse if there was greater social support during their pregnancy and access to a pregnancy-specific exercise program.
Unfortunately, little information was available about beliefs, barriers and enablers among women with gestational diabetes.