Listening Time — 23:44
It wasn't too long ago when pregnant women were urged by doctors to limit physical activity. They thought that it "would be better" for them and their unborn child. Evidence shows, however, that aerobic exercise during pregnancy offers many health benefits for mom and baby.
Pediatric physical therapist Amy Gross McMillan wanted to know whether aerobic exercise during pregnancy could also improve the movement skills of offspring. Can an active mom increase the chance that her child will grow up to be physically active? And if so, could a pregnant mom decrease her child's risk of becoming overweight or obese?
The results of a study by Amy and her colleagues at East Carolina University were eye-opening. Amy shares what all pregnant mothers, or those planning to become pregnant, should know.