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Exercise During Pregnancy Benefits Mother and Child - Runner's World Australia and New Zealand

Pretty much everyone knows about the importance of good nutrition and adequate weight gain during pregnancy. Less is known about the potential health risks, to both mother and child, of excessive weight gain. These include: for the mother, increased chance of a caesarean delivery and obesity later in life; and, for the child, increased risk of pre-term birth and greater chance of obesity throughout life. A new study in Maternal and Child Health Journal tracks the relationships between exercise, pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy, and excess gestational weight gain. It finds that “exercise during pregnancy is associated with lower odds of gaining excessive weight during pregnancy.” This healthy correlation did not extend to women who exercised pre-pregnancy, but then stopped after becoming pregnant. The study authors report: “[Our] result suggests that to prevent excessive ...

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