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Dear expectant mothers, here's how exercising during pregnancy can help you

Expectant mothers who are active in aerobic workouts during their pregnancies are more likely to spend less time in labour.

Edited by: India TV Lifestyle Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: March 17, 2018 15:49 IST ]
Image Source : ANI The study was carried out with 508 healthy women

A new research has proved that exercising during pregnancy is beneficial for would-be-moms. This is not only the best way to give your baby a healthy start but will also reduce your labour time. A research by the Technical University of Madrid and quoted by The Independent has discovered that exercising impacts how long expectant mothers spend in labour.

The team of researchers, led by Professor Ruben Barakat, carried out a study with 508 healthy women by randomly assigning them into two groups. 253 women were put in the control group, while 255 women were placed in the exercise group. Those in the exercise group were given a moderate aerobic exercise programme throughout their pregnancies, which they followed during three weekly sessions.

The researchers then analysed a number of factors while each woman gave birth, including the duration of each stage of labour, the mode of delivery, maternal weight gain, use of an epidural and the weight of the baby. They came to the conclusion that the expectant mothers who were active in aerobic workouts during their pregnancies were more likely to spend less time in labour than the women who hadn't. The women in the exercise group were also less likely to use an epidural during childbirth.

Furthermore, neonate macrosomia, which is when a newborn is significantly larger than average, was more prevalent among the mothers in the control group.While exercising during pregnancy may help mothers restore their fitness after giving birth, getting back into shape after carrying a baby for nine months is far easier said than done. 

(With ANI inputs)

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