Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Every mom-to-be dreams of having a healthy child and this dream can very well be a reality; all that the moms need to do is stay fit to start with! A new study by Michigan State University found that mothers can lower the offspring’s chances of high blood pressure as adults by incorporating an exercising regime during pregnancy.
Babies with lower birth weight are known to have higher chances of developing high blood pressure as adults. The new study suggests exercising in pregnancy to reverse this effect, even if the infant records a lesser birth weight. The findings of this study were published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.
The researchers evaluated 51 women over a 5-year period based on their physical activity such as running or walking throughout and after pregnancy. During the follow up, the researchers found that regular exercise in a subset of these women, especially in the 3rd trimester, was associated with lower blood pressure in their children.
The team of researchers also found that children of mothers who exercised as recommended or at higher levels had significantly lower systolic blood pressures at 8-10 years. According to the researchers, the foetal origins hypothesis can explain these results. This theory suggests that if a mother and her unborn child are exposed to a strenuous event during critical periods in pregnancy, then permanent changes that affect the health of the child are likely to occur.
The researchers said, “This told us that exercise during critical developmental periods may have more of a direct effect on the baby.” They further added, “This is a good thing as it suggests that the regular exercise habits of the mothers are good for heart health later in a child’s life.”
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