Experts have pointed out many a time that exercise leads to increased risks of premature birth in pregnant women. Although, it may be rather troublesome to exercise while carrying an additional person, but a new study now says that strenuous exercise does not lead to premature birth.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued a statement to focus on the potential fears associated with exercising during pregnancy, such as the weakening of blood supply or reduction of nutrients to the developing fetus.
The scientists say that these claims are highly exaggerated because although the strenuous exercise during pregnancy in athlete speeds up fetal heart rate, but it is only for a short period of time and once exercise stops, the heart beat returns to normal.
There is strong evidence that exercise during pregnancy reduces both excessive birthweight and underweight of the baby after birth. It also neither reduces nor increases the Apgar score during pregnancy.
The Apgar score is a simple measurement to see how a baby is developing during birth, it helps to determine whether the baby might require potential medical assistance after birth or not.
There is also strong evidence that exercise during pregnancy does not increase the risks of induced labor by prolonging or shortening it than the normal time period, and that the first stage of labor, known as dilatation, is shorter in women who exercise regularly.
They also point out that we need to cut-back on opting surgeries in order to assist childbirth.
Furthermore, exercise reduces the risks of C-section birth because women who exercise regularly are less likely to be obese, which is a risk factor for C-section birth.
They say that athletes who want to become pregnant might have to limit the intensity of training routines in the week after ovulation and during the first three months of pregnancy.