Does exercise impact your delivery? You bet it does! Baby momma’s you will want to read on! Melzer, Schulz et. al published a study examining the relationship between recommended levels of physical activity and pregnancy outcomes. Guess what? Active women who performed more than thirty minutes of moderate activity each day had better fitness and significantly lower sleeping heart rate than those who were inactive. That is not all baby momma’s, the women who exercised experienced on average only 88 minutes of second stage labor versus 146 minutes for the inactive women. Hmmm, that is almost twice as long! Are you convinced to put on those athletic shoes and hit the gym? As if a deeper sleep and shorter labor aren’t enough reasons to exercise, the risk of operative intervention (that means c-section) is 3.7 times greater in the inactive group than the active group.
“Effects of recommended physical activity on pregnancy outcomes,” K. Melzer, Y. Schutz, et. al. Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol. 202, Issue 3, Page 266, March 2010.