A Modest Reduction In Birth Weight And Prenatal Exercise For Mamas May Lead To A Long-Term Reduction In The Risk For Childhood Obesity.

Skinny isn't necessarily in with the baby crowd. We all like a little plump on our babies right?! Still, there...
Skinny isn't necessarily in with the baby crowd. We all like a little plump on our babies right?! Still, there is a problem when babies start off much larger than normal. The childhood obesity rate has tripled here in America over the last 3 decades. That's an unusually abnormal increase in weight for any population. Childhood obesity causes a slew of health problems for kids including, but way not limited to; type 2 diabetes, increased risk of heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, asthma and other breathing problems and sleep disorders. Plus being overweight or obese and can leave kids with a ton of emotional and social issues to face as well. Now new research from New Zealand shows that women who work out while they're pregnant have slimmer babies - and that may lead to a slimmer and healthier overall lifestyle. In the study babies born to mamas who didn't exercise had higher-than-average weights, and the study's authors note that, exercise could have helped "normalize" the weights of these babies. The research team looked at mamas who did exercise during pregnancy and found that there were no differences in the women's body mass index or weight, BUT that the women who exercised were fitter than those who didn't and had babies with normal, not heavier weights. "The modest reduction in birth weight in this study may lead to a long-term reduction in the risk for obesity in offspring of women who exercised in pregnancy," Dr. Paul L. Hofman of the University of Auckland and his colleagues write. Prenatal exercise is good for your baby and great for you so start planning to stay fit today - while you're preggers. Don't save exercise for after your baby comes. *Source

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