Can Exercise During Pregnancy Make Your Baby Smarter?
A new study from the University of Montreal thinks so!
Exercising during pregnancy isn’t only good for you, the university’s research shows that just one hour of moderate activity a week can boost your baby’s brain development too.
Half the study’s participants, who were all recruited in their first trimesters, were asked to exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes, three times per week – while the other half remained inactive during pregnancy.
The researchers then measured the newborn babies’ ability at 8-12 days after birth to distinguish sounds, which are the basis for learning language. They found that the children of women who exercised had a more mature response, indicating their brain development was given a head start in the womb.
A future step in the study will test the babies’ cognitive, motor and language development at one year to see if the improvements in brain function are maintained.
Whether this study proves to be accurate or not, fitness and well-being during pregnancy are a very important part of a healthy motherhood. By listening to your body, you will be able to feel what exercises and at what intensity is best for you. Regular exercise is better than spurts of intensity, and if you are not sure, speak to your doctor before starting a new exercise regime.
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