4. Take a walk
No need to run a marathon. Even a 10-minute walk right after a meal can help bring down blood sugar levels, no matter what type of diabetes you have. With gestational and type 2 diabetes, regular exercise, combined with healthy eating, can delay or even prevent the need for extra insulin.
According to the Mayo Clinic, physical activity stimulates glucose transfer into cells, where it’s used for energy, and increases cells’ sensitivity to insulin so your body doesn’t need to produce as much to keep blood sugars low. Swimming, yoga and cycling are also good options for pregnant women, even late into their terms, but always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise habit. If you haven’t been active for a while, start slowly and build up gradually, advises the Mayo Clinic.