Exercise During Pregnancy Prevents Weight Gain in Newborn Infants

by Rajashri on  September 22, 2009 at 11:13 PM Women Health News
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 Exercise During Pregnancy Prevents Weight Gain in Newborn Infants
Norwegian researchers have revealed that exercise during pregnancy prevents weight gain in newborn infants. Their study found that if women stayed active during pregnancy, their chances of delivering a big baby dropped by as much as 28 percent.

Data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort study was used in this particular assessment. That study had information on nearly 37,000 women, whose pregnancies were of 37 weeks duration. Information on their exercise routine was collected at weeks 17 and 30 of the pregnancies.

Twenty-nine percent of women reported exercising one to two times weekly and this group had a 28% less chance of delivering big babies. Newborn weight is a massive issue and if it exceeds 8.8 pounds, there are complications like C-sections, postpartum hemorrhage and low Apgar scores.

The details of the study appear in the October issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


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Exercise produces endorphins that improve mood, which is particularly important during pregnancy when you are experiencing heightened hormone levels. Exercise also helps prevent excessive weight gain, which is both emotionally and physically beneficial. For most women, it is difficult watching the scale creep up to 25-40 pounds higher than their normal weight. Avoiding weight gain above the recommended amount will keep you feeling and looking your best as your baby Drug Abuse grows. In addition, women who gain excessive weight during pregnancy are more likely to develop gestational diabetes, which can be very dangerous for you and your baby. Finally, aerobic exercise can relieve stress and build the stamina needed for labor and delivery, perhaps even making your labor shorter and less painful.

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