Exercise during pregnancy 'is good for mother and baby'

14 December 2011

Expectant mothers who have undergone fertility treatment should do gentle exercise to keep themselves and their baby healthy, according to one expert.

A representative form Tommy's, a baby charity that works to fund research and provide information on the causes and prevention of miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth, suggested that while light physical exercise is good for the health of the mother and baby, heavy movements should be avoided.

Jo Taylor, midwife for the baby charity, said: "Keeping active during pregnancy has many health benefits for mum and baby, as staying fit prepares the body for the stresses of pregnancy and birth and helps control weight gain."

She added that swimming and walking are among the best activities pregnant women can do.

Furthermore, a study published in journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica found that pre-pregnant body mass index and weight gain in pregnancy are important predictors of a baby's birth weight.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

Koepp et al., "Maternal pre-pregnant body mass index, maternal weight change and offspring birthweight", Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 2011.

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