How to make a healthier, savvier baby


Pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant?  Keep up your exercise regimen.  Both mothers and their offspring enjoy a host of benefits from regular exercise before and during pregnancy.  Here are some reasons to keep that date with your sneakers:
  • According to a study conducted at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, women who exercise during pregnancy strengthen not only their own hearts, but their fetuses' heart rates.   
  • Studies show women who exercise during pregnancy have fewer back pains and shorter labor.  It may also prevent gestational diabetes.
  • Thinking about having a little one? A study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology indicates your pre-pregnancy BMI strongly influences your child's BMI.  If you want your child's height to weight ratio to be healthy, now is the time to focus on your overall fitness.
  • According to Richard E. Nisbett, cognitive psychologist and author of Intelligence and How to Get It, a woman who exercises while pregnant can increase her child's IQ by as much as 8 points.

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