Gone are the days when a pregnant woman is urged to “eat for two” or cut back on exercise. In fact, more and more research is proving that pregnancy isn’t the time to take a break from your fitness routine (unless of course you’re under doctor’s orders to take it easy). The latest study on the topic comes from Greece, which found that women who gained more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy were more likely to have obese children eight years later. Meanwhile, those children whose mothers exercised moderately during pregnancy had a reduced risk of obesity. According to the Institute of Medicine, more than half of women gain too much weight during pregnancy. So what’s the best way to maintain an appropriate weight gain? You guessed it—regular exercise. According to the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Obstetrics, pregnant women without health problems or high-risk pregnancies should aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. What are some activities that helped you or other moms you know stay fit during pregnancy? Give us your suggestions in the comments below.
Expectant Mothers' Lifestyle May Influence Child's Later Weight
December 10, 2016