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Even if it’s not full-blown di­a­betes, women with high glu­cose read­ings early in preg­nancy are at greater risk of hav­ing a baby with heart de­fects, says a new study. Re­searchers an­a­lysed data on 19,107 moth­ers, of whom 811 gave birth to ba­bies with con­gen­i­tal heart dis­ease. For each 10 mil­ligrams per decil­itre in­crease in plasma glu­cose, there was an eight per cent in­crease in the risk for giv­ing birth to a baby with heart de­fects. To help with a healthy preg­nancy, it’s ad­vised to walk daily even dur­ing the early stages, as ex­er­cise has been shown to im­prove

in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity.

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