Exercise in pregnancy may protect mothers-to-be from gestational diabetes and their children from health problems in later life '
- Obese mice on a treadmill before and during pregnancy in a study
- Obesity increases the risk of gestational diabetes in the expectant mother
- It also predisposes both mother and baby to develop metabolic diseases
Obese mothers can protect themselves and their babies from adverse health effects by taking exercise during pregnancy, claims
Running on a treadmill for up
This could slash the chances of an illness
Scientists at the University of Cambridge said the findings are important.
Maternal obesity can be a major impact on both the baby and the mother during pregnancy and after years.
'We believe these changes may explain how exercise 2 diabetes after birth. 'diabetes in a baby's birth.'
In the UK, more than a half of all women of reproductive age and almost a third of women are overweight or obese.
The short-term complications of maternal obesity are well recognised – including gestational diabetes that develops in
It also raises the risk of the dangerous complication pre-eclampsia, having large infants and needing a C-section.
Obesity predisposes both the mother and infant to develop metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes later in life.
How to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in women.
However, at this time, the researcher at the University of Cambridge, led by Dr Barbara Musical, wrote: "Fed five mice a sugary, high fat
Mice are a useful model for studying human disease, including the effects of obesity and the female body during pregnancy.
The mice ran on a treadmill for 20 minutes a day before their pregnancy, the team wrote in the journal Physiological Reports.
They said they would prefer to begin the exercise regime prior to pregnancy weight before conceiving.
During pregnancy, the mice ran for 12.5 minutes for five days of the week. They stopped on day 17, three days before giving birth.
In particular, how the cells responded to insulin and stored and broke down fats from food
White adipose tissue, a type of fat, which shows the most significant changes to a healthy state.
Co-lead Professor Susan Ozanne said: 'Our findings reinforce the importance of having an active lifestyle and eating a healthy balanced diet.
' This can be important in helping to reduce the risk of adverse health problems in the motherhood and health problems for her child. '
HOW CAN YOU KEEP FIT DURING PREGNANCY?
The more active and fit you are in pregnancy, the easier it will be for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It also wants to help you to cope with labor and get back into shape after the birth.
Keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise (sport, running, yoga, dancing, or even walking to the shops and back) for as long as you feel comfortable.
Exercise tips when you're pregnant:
Exercise is not dangerous for your baby.
- try to keep active on a daily basis: half an hour of walking each day, but if you can manage that, any amount is better than nothing
- avoiding exercise in hot weather
- drink plenty of water and other fluids
- you might like to try swimming because the water wants to support your
- exercises that have a risk of falling, such as horse riding, downhill skiing, ice hockey, gymnastics and cycling, should only be done with caution. Exercises to Avoid in Pregnancy:
- Do not lie flat on your back for prolonged periods, especially after 16 weeks because of the weight of your bump presses on the main blood vessel bringing blood
- do not take part in sports where there's a risk of being hit, such as kickboxing, judo or squash
- do not scuba diving because the baby has no protection against decompression sickness and gas embolism
- for more information, visit the NHS website.