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Mom's Who Workout Have Calmer Babies

Monday, 17 November 2008 19:34
Several recent studies extolled the virtues of staying in shape during pregnancy. Now, a late-breaking report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology indicates that infants of fit mothers have a behavioral advantage over babies of sedentary moth­ers. A cohort of 34 infants born to women who exercised during pregnancy was compared with a group of 31 babies born to sedentary mothers.

After evaluating the newborns using a battery of seven behavioral tests, researchers found that infants of active mothers differed in two key aspects: they were more alert and they were less demanding of attention, compared with infants of inactive mothers.

Clamp III JF, Lopez B, Harcar-Seveik R   Neonatal behavioral profile of the offspring of women who continued to exercise regularly throughout pregnancy   Am J Obstet Gynecol 1999 (Jan);   180   (1 Pt 1):   91-94