Exercise Is Good For Baby
A new study on exercise during pregnancy, published in the March issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, focused on impact the of exercise on the growing baby. And the results are good: exercise is beneficial to your baby. (via My Health News Daily)
While most studies examine the benefits exercising have on the expecting mom, this particular study was conducted to determine how exercise impacts the baby. Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers examined 45 healthy pregnant women who were between 28 and 32 pregnant. Of those 45, they fell into the following categories:
- 15 didn't exercise
- 15 exercised regularly -- moderate exercise for 20 minutes, three or more days per week
- 15 who exercised vigorously -- exercise more than four days per week.
The researchers measures the baby's blood flow and fetal heart beat through the umbilical cord. They found that the baby's heart rate and blood flow remained steady in the moderate exercise group when the before rates were compared to the after rates. However, in the vigorous exercise group, the babies showed a decrease in blood flow resistance after exercise.
The researchers concluded this could mean that blood flow was improved between mom and baby. However, before you get crazy, remember that if you were mot exercising vigorously before pregnancy, you should not begin to do so during pregnancy.
Instead, you should aim for moderate exercise. WebMD notes, "The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise per day on most if not all days of the week, unless you have a medical or pregnancy complication."
If you did not exercise at all before pregnancy, you should begin a reasonable program, such as walking, after you consult with your doctor.
Furthermore, WebMD points out that women with the certain pregnancy-related conditions should not exercise during pregnancy. Those include the following:
- Bleeding or spotting
- Low placenta
- Threatened or recurrent miscarriage
- Previous premature births or history of early labor
- Weak cervix
No matter what, you should always consult with your doctor before beginning an exercise program during your pregnancy.