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Why Pregnant Women Should Exercise

| by Nicholas Roberts

A new study has confirmed that exercise during pregnancy can be both safe and healthy for the mother and the baby.

The study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology medical journal, showed no significant difference in terms of incidence of premature birth between the control group of women who did not exerecise and a group of women who did some form of aerobic exercise three to four times a week for 10 weeks.  

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Premature birth was previously thought to be a potential consequence of exercising a lot during pregnancy, due to hormones released during exercise.

The study also revealed that the exercise group had a higher incidence of vaginal delivery and a significantly lower incidence of cesarean section delivery, as well as lower incidences of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, reports Medical News Today.

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The ultimate conclusion of the study was that "at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week" could be beneficial to a pregnant woman, The Atlantic reports.  

Of course, this is only recording uncomplicated pregnancies involving one fetus.  Having twins, triplets, or dealing with complications like high blood pressure or anemia, may increase the chance that a physician will recommend rest and staying sedentary.  But most of the evidence is now pointing out that healthy pregnancies can involve plenty of exercise, as long as the woman's doctor has cleared her for exercise.

Sources: The Atlantic, Medical News Today / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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