Exercise in Pregnancy May Normalize Infant Growth

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Regular exercise during the later stages of pregnancy may lower infants' birth weight into a potentially healthier range without negative effects on glucose metabolism ...

The normal reduction in maternal insulin sensitivity that occurs in pregnancy to provide the fetus with nutrients for growth appeared unaffected ...

These findings ... "could be viewed as a normalization, rather than reduction, of nutrient supply given that our control offspring displayed newborn size parameters consistently above the mean for our reference population," ...

Since big babies are at higher risk for childhood overweight and obesity, "the modest reduction in birth weight in this study may lead to a long-term reduction in the risk for obesity in offspring of women who exercised in pregnancy,"

... birth weight was 143 g lighter on average for offspring in the exercise group ...

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