Adding to the benefits of regular exercising, a team of researchers has revealed that regularly exercising before pregnancy protects against so-called pelvic girdle pain as the fetus grows.
Lead author Katrine Mari Owe of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said, "Between 20-40% of pregnant women experience some pelvic girdle pain late in pregnancy, associated with joint and ligament changes in their body caused by the growing baby. Though the long-term effect of exercise on pain remains unclear, women who exercise regularly pre-pregnancy are more likely to continue throughout pregnancy. Even women who exercised only once or twice a week before pregnancy had lower risk of developing pelvic girdle pain compared to those who did not exercise at all."
The study is published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.