Researchers at the University of Montreal releasedthe results of a new study revolving around exercise during pregnancy and theeffect it has on a developing baby. Thestudy found that women who exercised as little as 20 minutes three times perweek gave birth to infants with advanced brain activity.
Researchers hope that the results, which indicatethat the brains of infants whose mothers exercised were more developed thanthose who did not, will give women even more incentives to stay healthy whilepregnant.
There have been numerous studies on the benefits ofexercise while pregnant, both for women and fore the developing fetus. Another study done in 2009 showed thatdeveloping infants who were exposed to exercise in utero had more developedbreathing movements at birth than those born to mothers who remainedsedentary. More developed breathingmovements can ease birth for the infant by keeping the heart-rate steady duringlabor and delivery. But exercise justdoesn’t benefit the growing fetus, it’s beneficial for moms as well.
Women who are active lower their risk of developinggestational diabetes by approximately 27 percent. Pregnant women who develop gestationaldiabetes are at risk for preterm delivery and or cesarean surgery due to anoverlarge baby. Not only can exerciseprevent this condition, but it will also provide mothers with more energy,better rest levels, less pain and aches from the weight of the growing fetusand ease labor and delivery struggles.
As for everyone, caution should be taken bypregnant women to stay hydrated and not exercise to the point of exhaustion.But for those who do engage in the recommended 30 minutes of exercise at leastthree times per week are more likely to stay healthy throughout theirpregnancy, and deliver healthier babies as well.
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