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Tips for Pregnant Runners

from AOL Health

It wasn't long ago that women were strictly forbidden from running while pregnant out of fear that the fetus would be harmed because of a decrease in oxygen and blood flow to the uterus. Recent research not only proved those fears untrue, but found that rigorous exercise during pregnancy is safe and beneficial to mother and baby.

One study even found that at age 5, children of mothers who did vigorous exercise during pregnancy, including running, scored higher on tests of intelligence, coordination and language skills, compared to mothers whose only exercise during pregnancy was walking.

Dr. Robert Sallis, co-director of Sports Medicine Fellowship at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center and spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine said he can't emphasize enough what a positive thing it is for women to run while pregnant. more


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