More exercise helps pregnant women and their babies during the pregnancy. According to a study presented recently at the Society for Endocrinology’s annual meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, sitting down for two long while pregnant could harm the baby while still in the womb.
According to researchers, pregnant women who sit down for more than six hours could be harming their unborn babies. Sitting down for more than six hours a day during the second trimester caused greater weight gain during the pregnancy and increased the risk of diabetes as a consequence. Both of these factors are directly connected to the appearance of birth complications.
During the study around 1260 women provided essential information about their pregnancies to the team of researchers. They were asked to share details such as their physical activity levels and the state of their mental health, both during their first semester as well as their second.
Results of the surveys showed that women who felt depressed were more likely to sit down for more significant periods of time. During the second trimester, those who spent more time sitting down were also less physically active.
It was concluded that women who didn’t engage in physical activity between the first and the second trimester were found to gain significant amounts of weight and to have higher blood sugar levels around 28 weeks of pregnancy. This increased their risks of gestational diabetes.
The researchers explained that their findings show how important it is to take better care of women’s physical and mental health during the time of their pregnancies. They also stressed that addressing the importance of physical activity during pregnancy could help with lowering the risks associated with sedentary behaviors.
One of the biggest threats for future mothers is gestational diabetes, which sets in during a pregnancy. It can often lead to the increase of the risk of birth complications for both the mother and the baby. According to study author Nithya Sukumar, a research fellow at the Warwick Medical School in the U.K., it is important to minimize these risks as much as possible in order to avoid more serious complications later on.
One way pregnant women can protect both themselves and their unborn children during their pregnancies is by making a habit out of exercising. There are special work out exercises for pregnant women, designed especially so that they can maintain their bodies fit while they are pregnant. A constant routine of exercise will not only protect their physical health, but also ward off depression and help their mental health.
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