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Exercising While Pregnant: Good For Baby's Heart Health | Care2 Causes

Exercising While Pregnant: Good For Baby's Heart Health | Care2 Causes

Exercising while pregnant can improve your child’s heart health after he or she is born. In 2008, Linda E. May, an exercise physiologist and anatomist at Kansas City, found that pregnant women who exercised for 30 minutes three times a week had fetuses with lower heart rates — a sign of cardiovascular health — in their last weeks of development. Further study has revealed that, when mothers-to-be are physically active, fetuses’ improved cardiovascular heart control continues for one month after pregnancy. Science Daily describes the study, which May presented at the the Experimental Biology 2011 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.: May’s research team’s latest investigation involved 61 moms-to-be and monitored maternal-fetal and infant heart function four times over the course of the study. The women’s aerobic activity levels ranged from power walking to running. Some of th...

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