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Exercise in Pregnancy, Good or Bad?

by | April 27th, 2010

Exercise during pregnancy is linked to a modest reduction in offspring birth weight, according to the results of a community-based, randomized controlled trial reported online March 24 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

“Our findings show that regular aerobic exercise alters the maternal environment in some way that has an impact on nutrient stimulation of fetal growth, resulting in a reduction in offspring birth weight,” said senior author Paul L. Hofman, MD, from the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand, in a news release. “Given that large birth size is associated with an increased risk of obesity, a modest reduction in birth weight may have long-term health benefits for offspring by lowering this risk in later life.”

The studies finding may be important for athletes who want to continue regular training during their pregnancy as it suggest that training will not have major adverse affects on mother and baby.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. Published online March 24, 2010

J. Kyle Mathews, MD
Plano OB Gyn Associates

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Dr. J. Kyle Mathews is an expert in the field of Urogynecology, minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and reconstructive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Mathews is board certified and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the American College of Surgeons. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Mathews is one of the most experienced surgeons in north Texas.

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