Wednesday, September 23, 2009

For A Healthy-Sized Baby, Stay Active In Pregnancy

..Given the bad effects associated with heavy babies, even though the study only showed a difference among women who are pregnant for the first time, health care workers ‘should promote regular exercise during pregnancy for the purpose of prevention,’ the authors conclude. Exercise could help prevent fetuses from growing too large by helping maintain the body's ability to keep blood sugar levels under control, the researchers note. High blood sugar and diabetes that develops temporarily during pregnancy are risk factors for having a very large baby. To date, Owe and her team note, there have been no gold standard trials to investigate the effects of regular exercise in pregnancy on the risk of having an excessively heavy infant. ‘There seems to be an urgent need’ for them, they conclude.”...

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