There have been numerous studies on women who exercise whilst pregnant. Exercising whilst pregnant is not for everyone and it’s recommended that you shouldn’t start exercising whilst carrying if you haven’t exercised previously.
Women who choose to exercise actively which includes; yoga, pilates, jogging, cycling or swimming are giving their babies a head start in life, this is suggested by many studies.
Studies suggest ‘He or she may be actively joining in the workout, with the fetal cardiac system giving stronger and healthier as a result of the workout’
New science suggests women who exercise during pregnancy give their unborn babies an advantage. Exercised babies have an advantage over babies who aren’t exercised in their mum’s wombs; studies suggest that the exercised babies are born with a healthier and stronger heart.
The most recent study from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences revised a group of 61 women age between 20- 35. The study was a pilot study of pregnant women and the fetal heart health.
Half of the women who exercised, exercised at a moderate pace 3 times a week, the exercise included; jogged and walked. Some of the women included resistant training into their training sessions and others took more relaxed approach undertaking yoga sessions. All exercises were aerobic.
The other half of the subject group was active but they didn’t incorporate exercise into their daily routine.
Dr May got the exercised group and non-exercised group to report to the lab at weeks; 28, 32 and 36. The women underwent a noninvasive examination of their babies and their cardiac health.
Previous studies on women during pregnancy and their unborn babies suggest that the workouts would affect the unborn babies heart rate but they would only last whilst in the women’s womb and the effects would be limited once born.
The purpose of the study carried out by Dr May was to see whether it could have a long-term effect. Commonly, people who exercise will gain a training effect were exercise leads over time to a lower resting heart rate and a greater heart rate variability. Once, the body has been trained- the exercise benefits means that the individuals heart rate will be stronger and more efficient.
The evidence collected by May suggests that the unborn babies did exhibit a training respond even though their mother did all the work. The results conducted that the babies who mothers exercised had a lower heart rate and greater heart variability.
Another study, which backs up May’s research, came from a German researcher. The study carried out in 2009 suggests that during exercise the pregnant women’s breathing would change, the breathing rhyme would get faster and harder. This leads to their ‘unborn children’s heart oscillated in response, synchronizing themselves, beat for beat, with their mother’s’
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