STATES CHRONICLE – Several decades ago, medical specialists believed that any amount of exercise during pregnancy was quite unhealthy for women. Norepinephrine is a hormone which is released during activities such as physical workouts. The hormone may lead to contractions, which in turn may lead to a preterm birth.
After the second half of the eighties, doctors started to timidly advise and encourage some light amount of daily exercise. The research was pointing towards safe pregnancies even with light workouts and doctors were eager to reinforce the healthy lifestyle.
Doctors of this generation have established that moderate exercise is not just fine when it comes to pregnancies, it is actually the much healthier choice.
It is definitely worth noting that the research results apply in cases where a mother is pregnant with only one child. In the case of twins, triplets, or more, doctors will recommend any lack of overexertion.
The newest research puts emphasis on the fact that moderate workouts will not lead to a preterm birth if the mother is healthy.
The Benefits of Moderate Exercise
Moderate exercise on average led to halving the base risk of gestational diabetes. During pregnancy, most women have about a 5.9 percent chance of developing gestational diabetes but with moderate workouts, the risk falls to 2.4 percent.
Hypertension is also another condition which can be avoided with moderate exercise. Regularly, 5.1 percent of all pregnant women have a high risk of hypertension. When exercise is brought into the equation, the chance of hypertension drops to 1.9 percent.
Lastly, the most important benefit of moderate exercise during pregnancy appears to be the decrease in the chance that during delivery, the mother would require a C-section.
C-sections have been proven to not be healthy for the child. However, the number of unnecessary C-sections in the United States has been slowly but constantly growing for half a century.
A C-section brings with it the mother’s risks of placental issues with future pregnancies, infection, or blood clots. Statistics have also shown that children born via C-section have a much higher chance to have type 1 diabetes, to suffer from morbid obesity, to have asthma, or to be more vulnerable to allergies.
Moderate exercise is defined by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity.
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