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Diet and exercise in pregnancy: Benefits beyond the weighing scale

Posted:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Diet and exercise are usually used to reign in the weight monster. However, apart from managing weight, it turns out that diet and exercise during pregnancy may have many other benefits which may not necessarily be evident. A latest review article states that a healthy diet and regular physical activity from brisk walking during pregnancy is associated with a range of improved outcomes at birth.

The review article, which offered healthy lifestyle and diet advice to obese or overweight pregnant women, was published in the journal BMC Medicine. Previously, it had been reported that in women who were given diet and lifestyle advice, there was a significant reduction in the number of babies born over 4kg. This study reports improved health outcomes for these babies, including a reduced chance of moderate to severe respiratory distress syndrome and reduced length of hospital stay.

The study found that women who received dietary and lifestyle advice consumed increased servings of fruits and vegetables per day and reduced the percentage of energy in their diet from saturated fats. They were also successful in increasing their physical activity by incorporating about 15-20 minutes of brisk walking on most days of the week.

"While it might have been expected that healthier eating and increased physical activity during pregnancy would be associated with differences in weight gain, our findings highlight that weight gain in pregnancy is not an ideal measure of pregnancy health," said Jodie Dodd, the lead researcher.

The importance of nutrition and lifestyle changes is well recognised, yet the incidence of delivery- related complications and high infant birth weight is on the rise. By adopting simple, practical and achievable lifestyle and diet modifications, these complications can be evaded.

The researchers of the present study also advise women to adopt these healthy changes long before getting pregnant.

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