Most moms-to-be have likely heard about the benefits of exercising during pregnancy in terms of keeping their own weight in check and avoiding birth complications, but now a new study shows that prenatal exercise affects the weight of the baby-to-be. The¬†new research,¬†published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, shows that mothers who exercise regularly throughout their pregnancy reduce their chance of having a C-section by 20%. Plus,¬†this study offers growing¬†evidence that¬†mothers who exercise have babies who weigh less. Exercise decreasing baby weight is¬†an important¬†finding because¬†babies who are born heavier may weigh more throughout their lives than babies who start life out at a average¬†weight. As defined by the The Center for Disease Control (CDC), a normal birth weight is between 5.5 lbs. and¬†8.8 lbs., which is a good goal to aim for because research shows that babies who weigh more than 9 pounds at birth may face¬†an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even neurological problems over their¬†lifetime. If you’d like to incorporate exercise into your pregnancy, see 7 safe exercises for pregnancy to get started.

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