Exercise during pregnancy helps babies: Study

A new study found exercise is not just good for moms, but could also have lasting benefits for babies, too.
1:50 | 08/08/19

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We turn to that new headline about exercising during pregnancy. A new study finds it's not just good for moms helping them stay fit before going into labor. This could have lasting benefits for your baby, and Dr. Ashton is back. Break it down. Say it with me. Pregnancy is not a disease. It is not a disease. So one more study that confirms that exercise is beneficial and as you said not just for mom but for baby. This is one of the first ones that tested infants a month after delivery of moms who had exercised moderately to vigorously and found they had better neuromotor development than babies born to moms who did not exercise. If you look at the benefits for moms, stress relief. Lower risk of c-sections. Less incidence of gestational diabetes and easier pregnancy labor and delivery. The baby benefits are significant as well. We know that they have less chance of having a condition called feet am macrosomia and long-term effects that could continue into the lifetime. All about that in-utero environment. Are there exercises they should avoid. My advice, talk to your midwife or obstetrician. If you what bts to start during pregnancy. We give that the green light. Average or low risk pregnancy. If you want to continue what you're doing you have the green light for that too. In general we like to avoid high velocity dangerous sports like skydiving, scuba diving. Waterskiing, anything that if you fall you can hurt yourself and the fetus, but, again, I always say pregnancy, lane, delivery, they're athletic events. We should train for them. They found all these babies bench press 135 pounds immediately after birth. Thank you. Coming up we have a

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