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Exercising during pregnancy keeps placenta healthy, study suggests


Do you know that exercising during can keep your healthy? A recent study shows that maternal is important for fetal development in obese mothers.

The study was published in the journal, 'The Journal of Physiology'

Over 1.9 billion adults worldwide are overweight or obese, and by 2025 this is projected to increase to 2.7 billion. significantly raises the risk of developing 11 different types of cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and

The performs nutrient and oxygen exchanges between the mother and her fetuses, and placental function is impaired due to maternal obesity, which likely alters nutrient and oxygen delivery to the

during is known to be beneficial for both maternal and fetal development. This study found that improved the function of the placenta, and also the metabolism of the mother. Importantly, they found that the babies were not born larger (which is frequently associated with and in later life) when the obese mothers exercised.

This study was conducted on animal models. In this study, female mice were fed a healthy diet (10% from fat) or a high-fat diet to become obese and then mated. Each of the maternal groups was further divided into two subgroups: those that did and did not perform exercise during gestation.

Mice were exercised from 0 to 18.5 days of (the term is 20.5 days) and placental function, and maternal and fetal changes were analyzed.

Further studies will focus on identifying mechanisms explaining the beneficial effects of exercise on placental development of obese mothers. Researchers will define the possible role of secreted during exercise, on blood vessel development in the placenta, which is critical for the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to fetuses, as well as their long-term impacts on the of next generation.

Prof Min Du, said, "Understanding how maternal exercise might help prevent offspring from becoming obese or developing will help us best guide mothers so they can ensure their babies are as healthy as possible.

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First Published: Thu, May 23 2019. 16:57 IST