Those of you who know my dad know that he is a bit nuts, especially when it comes to trying to get everyone to exercise. But nobody ever asks little-4-month-old ME what his favorite Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor is! Well anyway, my dad and mom were pretty interested when they heard about a research study looking at exercise in pregnancy and the effects on our little baby brains. Apparently, 20 minutes of exercise three times per week can help a newborn’s brain activity! This is from researchers at the University of Montreal who were at the Neuroscience 2013 conference in San Diego on Sunday November 10, providing moms-to-be of all of my future BFFs with even more reasons to make exercise a priority!
In their study, the researchers tracked exercise habits of pregnant women, and then once the babies were born, the researchers recorded their brain activity levels at 8 to 12 days of life. They found that the babies of mothers who exercised had brains that were more fully developed!
Now my dad, being the geeky guy he is, makes a big to do telling my mom that the current recommendations by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists urge moderate exercise, about 30 minutes almost daily, during pregnancy. The guidelines are based on findings that moderate exercise can improve back aches, prevent pregnancy-associated diabetes and improve sleep for pregnant women.
So now apparently exercising is good for the mom’s health and good for our baby brains too. Win-win I say!
Now, I gotta tell you, because one of my BFFs mom is a lawyer and I promised her I’d include this: “Before engaging in strenuous physical activity during pregnancy, or if you have a complicated pregnancy, talk to your doctor first.”