Canadian researchers have found that women who exercise during their
pregnancies provide a boost to their newborn babies' brain development.
The study was conducted by researchers at University of Montreal who conducted their study on a group of 10 pregnant women, asking them to exercise at least three times a week with enough intensity to leave them slightly short of breath. The researchers found that the type of exercise varied among the women, with some opting for brisk walking, cycling, running or swimming, with the average time spent on exercise being nearly two hours in a week, while a second group was asked not to exercise at all.
On measuring the brain activities of the babies 8-12 days after they were born, the researchers found that babies born to women who exercised regularly displayed a more mature cerebral activation compared to those born to women who did not exercise.