Exercising while you’re carrying your unborn child may seem like too much of a risk, but according to a study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, your fears may be unfounded. On the contrary, exercising may even be good for you.

In an experiment involving 45 healthy women in their third trimester, researchers tried to see how exercise could affect the fetus. Heart rate and blood flow were measured before and after 30 minutes of walking on a treadmill. Results? Using the Doppler ultrasound, researchers found that while the heart rate of the fetus did appear to speed up after the exercise, it still remained within the normal range.

Researchers also did a biophysical profile using ultrasound to see if the baby was moving as it should. The results were all positive, regardless of whether the women were used to exercising or not. In fact, those who were used to strenuous exercise were even given an additional 30 minutes of intense workout.

The US Department of Health and Human Services also recommends exercise for pregnant women. Two and a half hours of medium-intensity aerobic exercise per week is considered to be healthy. It can improve your heart's health and even reduce complications in pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and are thinking of exercising, simply avoid exercise that may make you fall or anything that involves a lot of body contact with other people. Be sure to consult with your doctor first as well to prevent any accidents from happening.


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