What Is A Physiotherapist’s Role In Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)?

During pregnancy, women can develop a temporary form of Diabetes Mellitus which causes high blood glucose levels. This usually occurs in the late 2nd-3rd trimester and usually resolves after birth, however precautions need to be considered.


Exercise is now recognised as an effective way to help control blood glucose levels. If exercise is performed at least 3 times per week through the entire pregnancy then GDM may be prevented. It has been found that women with GDM who are obese, have a history of a sedentary lifestyle and who have poorly controlled hypertension are most likely to benefit from exercise. Therefore, these women are best exercising in a monitored environment.


Once GDM is diagnosed, women have an increased risk of developing GDM in a subsequent pregnancy by 66%. It is now recognised that exercise can prevent GDM in a large portion of women. However, it seems that to be preventative, exercise needs to commence prior to pregnancy or in the first trimester of pregnancy.


If you have an increased risk of developing, are already diagnosed with, or want to help prevent Gestational Diabetes Mellitus then come and see Bonnie, our Women’s Health Physiotherapist at Bend + Mend Physiotherapy in Sydney’s CBD.

Bonnie Broomfield

About Bonnie Broomfield

Bonnie graduated in 2013 from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Masters of Physiotherapy. Born and raised in Sydney, she loves her sport, particularly Netball, and is always keen to try new sports and other outdoor activities - her latest being Golf with her Golf Pro fiancé. Bonnie has a special interest in Women's Health and has completed post graduate courses through the Women's Health Training Associates (WHTA). Bonnie has also progressed her learning and skills with courses in Clinical Pilates, including Matwork, Equipment and Pre and Post Natal Pilates, Titleist Performance Institute Certification Level 1, Sports Level 1 and Dry Needling. She is passionate about helping people get back in control of their own bodies and reach their goals through using both manual therapy techniques and exercise.

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