Studies into exercise and pregnancy

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Research Study

Exercise and Pregnancy

Title:

“A biomechanical analysis of gait during pregnancy”.

A study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in 2000 revealed that many of the common aches and pains associated with pregnancy, including low-back pain, result from injuries that may be prevented with exercise.

The study investigated 15 women in the second half of their last trimester of pregnancy. The women were also evaluated one year after delivery. The study’s authors noted that training programs could keep muscles in condition during pregnancy, reducing the risk of injury.

From the authors:

“Physicians caring for pregnant women with musculoskeletal problems should emphasize the value of exercise and conditioning during pregnancy for both preventative and rehabilitative management.”

Foti, T; Davids JR.; Bagley A. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery  [Am] 2000; 82-A(5): 625-32

    This study clearly demonstrates the importance of exercise during pregnancy. 

 

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Research Study

Exercise and Pregnancy

Title:

“Neonatal behavioural profile of the offspring of women who continued to exercise regularly throughout pregnancy”.

This study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2001 indicates that infants of fit mothers have a behavioural advantage over babies of sedentary mothers. A group of 31 babies born to sedentary mothers group was compared to a group of 34 infants born to women who exercised during pregnancy.

The newborns were evaluated using seven behavioural tests.

Results:

Researchers found that infants of active mothers differed in two key aspects: they were more alert and they were less demanding of attention, compared with infants of inactive mothers.

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