Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Exercising While Pregnant Boosts Health, Cuts Risk of Complications: Guidelines

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Exercising While Pregnant Boosts Health, Cuts Risk of Complications: Guidelines

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Exercise in pregnancy cuts complication risks: guide

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TORONTO - New guidelines suggest women who are physically active throughout pregnancy can boost their mental health and reduce the risk of gestation-related complications.

The research-based guidelines show regular exercise can cut the risk of such illnesses as depression by 25 per cent and the risk of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia by 40 per cent.

The guidelines encourage pregnant women without medical restrictions to accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity over a minimum of three days per week.

The 150 minutes of activity can include walking, swimming, stationary cycling and resistance training.

Co-lead author Michelle Mottola of Western University says researchers examined more than 25,000 studies to develop the guidelines aimed at promoting maternal, fetal and infant health. …

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