Pregnant exercise benefits child, mother

May 25, 2009 1:54:43 PM PDT
Exercise may be the last thing on a pregnant women's mind. But there is mounting evidence a thoughtful exercise program can be good for both mother and child. Doctors at St. Louis University School of Medicine say pregnant women who exercise are less likely to develop gestational diabetes. They can also maintain good bone and muscle fitness and are found to tolerate labor better and recover more quickly from labor. The baby also seems to benefit.

One study found that when and expectant mother works out her fetus reaps cardiac benefits.

Before beginning a workout routine all women should consult a doctor to make sure it's okay.