Prenatal Exercise Can Help Both Mom and Baby

Recent study finds fit moms-to-be and their babies frequently enjoy two major health benefits

It’s no secret that fit moms-to-be enjoy a few health and convenience benefits. Those who exercise regularly before and during their pregnancy are generally less stressed, more fit for labor and they have more endurance for everyday tasks during their third trimester, according to Nicole Glor, who is a personal trainer, fitness writer and mom.

In light of a study recently published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, those same fit moms-to-be will be reaping even more benefits. According to researchers from the University of Alberta, pregnant women who exercise can lower their risk of giving birth to a large baby and their risk of undergoing a C-section. Lowering birth weight is important because there is a correlation between large birth weight and heavier weight over time. The researchers analyzed 28 control studies, which included 5,322 women.

According to Science Daily, Lead Researcher and Assistant Professor Margie Davenport said this about their findings.

We found that women who exercised had a 31 per cent reduction in the risk of having a large baby without changing the risk of having a small baby or an earlier baby. Further, the risk of having a Caesarean section was reduced by 20 per cent.

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