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Did You Know?: More Exercise for Pregnant Women

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Air date: June 7, 2009


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Exercise is good for pregnant women and their babies in lots of ways.

If you're pregnant, you may not feel like going for a jog or hitting the gym. But according to several studies, exercising while pregnant is good in all kinds of ways. For one, it lowers the risk for gestational diabetes--a type of usually temporary diabetes brought on by pregnancy.

Exercise also strengthens your muscles, which can help you deal with the physical changes caused by being pregnant.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant women exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Some kinds of exercise, though, are better than others. Swimming, walking, yoga and riding a stationary bike are fine. So are jogging, aerobics and some weight training.

But more intensive exercise--anything that's likely to cause exhaustion or overheating--isn't a good idea. Same goes for all contact sports. And during the second and third trimesters, don't do exercise where you have to lie flat on your back--it decreases blood flow to the womb.

Oh, and whatever else you do while pregnant, avoid scuba diving -- rising too fast from the depths can give your baby the bends.

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