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

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Paul Hofman, MD, of the University of Auckland in New Zealand and co-author as reported in ScienceDaily.com says, "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 later in life.”

Exercise during pregnancy is important, but it is also helpful to seek out the appropriate professionals and classes. You may want to seek out a prenatal yoga class or a mom-to-be strength training class. Prenatal Pilates is also safe, as long as you are working with an experienced prenatal Pilates Instructor.

As your body changes through the various trimesters, the Pilates exercises can be changed as well. Pilates exercises can be modified and adapted as your body physically changes. While the focus is always on core stability and lengthening of the muscles, the range of motion can be adjusted to fit your body.

There is also evidence that resistance training during pregnancy can be beneficial to most women, as reported in a recent study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. According to Patrick O’Connor, researcher at the University of Georgia, “I think that the appropriate conclusion of this study is that the adoption of a supervised, low-to-moderate intensity weight-lifting exercise program can be safe for women with a low-risk pregnancy.”

References:

“Labor of Love: Physically Active Moms-To-Be Give Babies a Head Start On Heart Health
– ScienceDaily.com.” Science Daily. Web 1 Sept. 2011.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110407101406.htm

“Exercise in Pregnancy Reduces Size of Offspring, Study Suggests – ScienceDaily.com.” Science Daily. Web 1 Sept. 2011.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100405072317.htm

Human Kinetics Journal, Journal for Physical Activity and Health, “Safety and Efficacy of Supervised Strength Training Adopted in Pregnancy, Volume 8, Issue 3, March
Authors: Patrick J. O'Connor, Melanie S. Poudevigne, M. Elaine Cress, Robert W. Motl, James F. Clapp, III

Joanne Sgro-Killworth is a Television Fitness Expert, Certified Personal Trainer and Sport Nutritionist.

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