For moms-to-be, a new study finds that exercise throughout your pregnancy can improve your mood and boost your energy levels.
Researchers from the University of Western Ontario examined whether a four-week intervention of exercise would boost the psychological well-being of 56 previously inactive pregnant women. The subjects were on average 22.5 weeks pregnant, and they exercised for 30 minutes about four times a week.
Findings showed “significant improvements” in the moods of the women, as well as reduced levels of fatigue. Exercise was assessed using accelerometers, with the women working out at moderate to vigorous levels.
The results, announced Friday, appear online in the journal Psychology & Health.