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A Focus on Exercise For Mothers-To-Be Could Help Their Babies' Heart Health

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Moms-to-be, now there is even more reason to start exercising during your pregnancy. A new study being presented this weekend found that moms-to-be can “exercise” their efforts to give their new baby a healthier heart.

As reported on ScienceDaily, com, the study was conducted at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. The study results are being presented at the Experimental Biology 2011 annual meeting in Washington, DC. Exercise physiologist and anatomist, Linda E. May headed up the study. She told ScienceDaily.com, "Most of the focus today is on school-age children, but interventions should be focused long before that."

A prior study in 2008 conducted by May found that women who exercised at least 30 minutes, three times a week throughout their pregnancy, had fetuses with lower heart rates. Those of us who work in prenatal exercise know the benefits of exercise for the mother. But, these findings underscore the benefits for the unborn child. A lower resting heart rate is a good indication of a healthy heart.

This year May and her colleagues have discovered the longer-standing effects of exercise on newborn babies. Her findings indicate that for the babies born to the women in the study, cardiovascular level was consistently maintained one month after delivery. This indication is encouraging for new mother’s to exercise during their pregnancy. The study evaluated both 61 pregnant women and their unborn child’s cardiovascular health.

This is not the first study indicating the positive effects of prenatal exercise for the unborn child. A prior study featured last year on ScienceDaily.com showed that moms-to-be who exercised also helped to prevent childhood obesity while their baby is still in the womb. That study was published in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The findings of the study were that consistent moderate-intensity cardiovascular activity led to a small reduction in birth weight.

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