Attention to all mums & mothers to be!
Recently a new article has been published by the American College of Sports Medicine in 2019 looking at the effects of exercise during pregnancy on the motor development of 1-month old infants. What they found was that if expecting mothers participated in an average of 45 minutes of supervised exercise 3 days a week, it was shown to give a significant boost to their infants motor control functions at 1 month.
So why does all of this even matter? Well childhood obesity across all developing nations is at an all-time high, with 29% of Australians being obese with an average BMI of 27. This increase in obesity can be attributed to a decrease in physical activity and poor motor skills during childhood, according to a study conducted in 2015, hence early intervention to promote better motor skills can attenuate this increase in obesity. It is also have been shown that children who develop movement skills early on in their developmental cycle are more likely to move and remain physically active throughout their childhood, into adulthood, which could decrease the incidence of obesity and obesity related illnesses.
Other benefits of exercising include:
- Reduced delivery times
- Reduced gestational weight gain
Before we all set off and start exercising furiously, it is important to be seen by a movement specialist before embarking on your exercise journey during pregnancy. This will allow you to see which exercises are suitable and will not put you at risk of injuring yourself. Seeing a health specialist such as a doctor, physiotherapist or exercise physiologist is highly recommended to ensure you have a smooth process throughout your exercise program!