NEW YORK: In the not-so-distant past, women were urged to cut down on or
even avoid exercise during pregnancy. But, if researchers are to be believed,
fitness activities are a big plus for not only the mom-to-be but also for the
baby in the womb.
According to a study carried out by the researchers in the United States, doing
exercise during pregnancy has a positive impact on both the baby and the mother
as the fitness programme is the best way for the duo to stay in shape and obtain
a feeling of wellness all throughout.
There are so many rumours out there, some started or perpetuated by popular
pregnancy books, others the result of old wives' tales or outdated advice, so
that many women really are confused about what they can and can't do.
"You need to be physically active during pregnancy. It has terrific benefits
that are associated with a better pregnancy outcome and even shorter labours.
It's a win-win for baby and for mom," the WebMD quoted researcher Laura Riley of
the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as saying here.
However, the researchers have advised that pregnant women should consult doctors
before starting any exercise programme. The reason - some moms-to-be might have
specific conditions or medical complications.
Moreover, according to the team, there's no target heart rate during the
"People are still stuck on this heart rate issue, and it was never based on
anything concrete," said Riley, stating that the "target heart rate" concept has
been abandoned a long time ago.