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Exercise Associated with Healthy Baby Weight


Prenatal care can increase health benefits for both mother and baby as well as reduce the risk of certain complications. It not only includes seeking medical care but also adopting certain lifestyle habits. Good nutrition and regular physical activity have both been linked to a number of benefits including a healthy birth-weight for babies.

Researchers from Canada wanted to estimate the influence of structured prenatal exercise on birth weight. A secondary assessment was done on the rate of cesarean since one reason for cesarean is a larger than normal fetus. The study, published in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, found that that structured prenatal exercise reduces the risk of having a large newborn without increasing the risk of low birth weight babies. Exercise was also associated with a lower risk of cesarean section.

About the Study
The meta-analysis included 28 randomized trials evaluating exercise interventions in 5,322 pregnancies for which birth size information was available. Participants were assigned to a standard prenatal care group or a standard prenatal care group plus supervised prenatal exercise group of at least 1 exercise session every 2 weeks throughout the study duration.

Participants who were in the prenatal exercise group were:

  • 31% less likely to have a large newborn (birth weight of 8.8 pounds)
  • 20% less likely to need cesarean section
  • no more likely to have a low birth weight baby than those without exercise program

The mothers that participated in the regular exercise program also gained less weight than those in the group that did not receive the exercise intervention.

Information provided by the EBSCO Health Library

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This Month in PT News. Featuring articles from PTandMe partnering clinics.


1. Time for Summer Athletes to Be Mindful of Their Knees 

Written by John Mishock, PT, DPT, DC, Owner of Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates

As the summer heat starts up more people are lacing up their sneakers, grabbing their I-pods, and hitting the road. Running and power walking outside are very popular forms of exercise and while they both have excellent health benefits, physical problems can still arise. Even running less than five miles a week can cause a person to develop Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) which is also known as “runner’s knee.” Runner’s knee is a common dysfunction that plagues runners of all ability levels. The major symptom of runner’s knee is pain under or around the knee cap (patella). The pain is felt not only when running but also while walking up and down the stairs, kneeling, squatting, and sitting with a bent knee for a long period of time.  Often victims of knee pain find themselves forced to take time off from work, school, and avoid athletic or recreational activities. Read More ->



2. Fit in Fitness

Written by the therapy Team at ARC Physical Therapy+

It can be hard to find time to workout during the week, especially when we feel as though we’re running in a million different directions as it is. However, the more we move, the better we feel. So, it’s really in our best interest to be as active as possible on a regular basis. Here are some tips to help you incorporate physical fitness into your daily routine: Read More ->



3. The Importance of Sleep for your Body
Written by the therapy Team at Momentum Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab

Sleep is more than something you do when you’re tired. Sleep is a vital part of growth, healing, and general well-being. Too often sleep is sacrificed for the sake of watching something on TV, spending time online, or being out with friends, but this sacrifice takes a heavy toll on the body in ways we don’t always recognize. If you’re having trouble sleeping, perhaps it is some of your habits that are preventing you from having the best night ever. Here are a few key things you can do in order to get a proper night’s rest: Read More ->

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