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Exercise during pregnancy lowers risk of caesarean section

Experts have found that pregnant women who exercise cut the need for a caesarean section. Exercise also reduces the chance of the baby born being overweight.

The analysis published by experts from the International Olympic Committee, checked various studies of pregnancy and exercise to establish the benefits and hazards.

The research led by a team from Norwegian School of Sport Sciences noted that regular to moderate activity may decrease risk of miscarriage. Pregnant women are advised to do at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (running or swimming) per day.

Vice President of Education at the Royal College of  Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK, Professor Janice Rymer, said, “Evidence suggests that in the majority of cases, it is safe for both the mother and baby if a woman exercises while pregnant.”

Mothers who took part in daily exercise routines had 31 percent lower risk of having an overweight baby and also 15 percent less likely to deliver their baby by C-section. Obesity in women is believed to drive up complications during labour.

“There are many health benefits to keeping active during pregnancy, including a reduction in fatigue, lower back pain, varicose veins, and swelling of the ankles.

“Staying fit during pregnancy may also help to reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression, and promote a sense of well-being,” Professor Rymer concluded.

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