Benefits of Prenatal Aerobic Exercise

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What are some of the benefits of prenatal exercise?

Benefits of Prenatal Aerobic Exercise

Dr. James Clapp is one of the most respected authorities on prenatal exercise. In his book, Exercising through Your Pregnancy, he advises women that moderate exercise during pregnancy regulates weight gain and alleviates back pain. In a study that appeared in the Journal of Pediatrics, December 1996, Dr. Clapp found that women who exercised during pregnancy experience an average of 21 percent less weight gain than sedentary women. He also found that children of exercising mothers measured about 10 percent less in skinfold and weight measures than those of the non-exercising mothers. So exercise during pregnancy night even be a way to prevent your children from having future weight problems.

Some of the other benefits of prenatal exercise include:

  • Improved circulation and flexibility
  • Increased energy, strength, endurance, and muscular coordination
  • Reduced discomfort from water retention
  • Reduced tension, stress and depression
  • Fewer stretch-marks, varicose veins, and abdominal separation
  • Decreased likelihood of postpartum depression
  • Increased ability to relax
  • Improved calcium absorption



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