Healthy mom = Healthy baby.
Along with keeping mom healthy, regular exercise during pregnancy helps prevent excessive newborn weight, a new study shows. Published in the October issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Norwegian researchers found that the odds of delivering a too-big baby dropped by as much as 28 percent in women who exercised regularly in their second and third trimesters during their first pregnancy. “Women often adopt healthier habits before and during pregnancy, like stopping caffeine use. This study suggests that adding exercise to that list may be icing on the cake,” said Dr. Robert Welch, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich. – From US News & World Report
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