Being physically active during pregnancy may have benefits for infant lung function, according to new research. The study, presented at a medical meeting in Europe, reported a link between reduced lung function in babies born to physically inactive mothers compared to those born to active mothers.
The researchers said, “Impaired infant lung function is associated with childhood wheezing and asthma and lower lung function later in life.”
In addition, it was pointed out, “Women who are physically active during the pregnancy have a lower risk of cesarean delivery, preterm birth, and having infants that are small or large for gestational age. These factors may be associated with lung function and respiratory health.”
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that exercise during pregnancy reduces back pain and constipation while decreasing the risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
It also promotes healthy weight gain during pregnancy while improving overall general fitness and strengthening the heart and blood vessels.
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