Long gone are the days when women were told to put their feet up and rest during pregnancy. Nowadays, women are encouraged to keep fit and eat healthy to ensure an easier birth, and more chance of getting back into shape after the baby is born.
Although, not everyone takes that advice even though there’s lots of evidence to show it works and eating for more than two becomes a way of life for the next 9 months.
Although now, new research shows that keeping fit whilst pregnant not only has a positive impact on you but also your unborn child. As well as feel good chemicals such as serotonin released when exercising which is responsible for good immunity, healthy brain activity and mood boosters – exercise could strengthen the blood vessels of your unborn child.
Research which comes from the US and Germany show that exercising mothers can help their children to not suffer with heart problems as much, later on in life. This is the first research that goes on to show how it helps them in adulthood.
Perhaps if new mums are aware that their lifestyle directly impacted upon their children at a genetic level then, they will be pushed to take more care of themselves. Currently the positive effects on exercise towards unborn children are not advocated on the NHS but it looks like that could be set to change with the new research.
That said, it doesn’t take a genius to know that environment is everything!