|courtesy University of Montreal|
A new study found that if a pregnant woman exercises for only 20 minutes 3 times a week, her newborn baby will be born with an optimized brain.
In a study released today, researchers at the University of Montreal discovered that “babies born from mothers who were physically active have a more mature cerebral activation, suggesting that their brains developed more rapidly.”
“We hope these results will guide public health interventions and research on brain plasticity,” said Professor Dave Ellemberg, who led the study. “Most of all, we are optimistic that this will encourage women to change their health habits, given that the simple act of exercising during pregnancy could make a difference for their child’s future.”
Beyond benefits for the baby, Professor Daniel Curnier, who also worked on the study, noted that “being sedentary increases the risks of suffering complications during pregnancy,” but “being active can ease post-partum recovery, make pregnancy more comfortable and reduce the risk of obesity in the children.
“Given that exercise has been demonstrated to be beneficial for the adult’s brain, we hypothesized that it could also be beneficial for the unborn child through the mother’s actions,” Curnier siad.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists already recommend that moms-to-be exercise about 30 minutes almost every day during pregnancy. Daily exercise can also ease back pain, improve sleep and elevate mood, as well as prevent the onset of pregnancy related diabetes.
Read the more about the study HERE.