More Evidence that Exercise Benefits Pregnant Women

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More Evidence that Exercise Benefits Pregnant Women

Good news for running moms-to-be: A new study from New Zealand showed that women who rode a stationary bike for 40 minutes up to 5 times a week had babies who were an average of 5 ounces lighter than non-exercising mothers, but all the babies were of a healthy weight. These findings suggest that exercising doesn't take nutrients away from the fetus.

It's important to talk to your doctor about exercising while pregnant, but if you are already a runner or otherwise active, you should be able to continue with a modified version of your regular routine for much of your pregnancy. Other research suggests that women who exercise during pregnancy are more comfortable during pregnancy and during labor.

So talk to your doctor, but pregnancy doesn't mean that you have to hang up your running shoes for nine months.



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