Study: Exercise while pregnant may help avoid complications no matter your starting weight
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - One in three people are overweight according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Researchers just released a new study on the benefits of exercise during pregnancy no matter what you weigh.
Researchers said that those who are pregnant and above ideal body weight in pregnancy may really benefit from exercise according to the new study.
It may help prevent complications in pregnancy such as diabetes and even early delivery and miscarriage.
After reviewing data, it appears that those who are obese and exercise during pregnancy receive far more benefit from it than previously thought.
As long as it is medically safe for them to exercise researchers found that any activity, especially exercise like yoga and swimming that don't put a lot of pressure on joints, might really reduce serious risks.
Previous studies have usually recommended women only continue to exercise if they did so at the start of pregnancy, but the new study found that even adding in small amounts of fitness, such as ten minutes a day and building up, might matter a lot for mom and baby.
Moms who have better cardiovascular fitness not only may have better labor and delivery, they also may be able to get back in shape more easily afterward.
Complete results of the study can be found in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.