Exercise Is Good For Baby's Brain

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Exercise Is Good For Baby's Brain
Mon, 11-11-2013 - 7:30am

It’s tough to remain motivated to exercise regularly — and even more difficult with the morning sickness, extra weight, and swollen ankles of pregnancy. But moms-to-be might want to lace up their sneakers or don their swim caps. A new study finds that 20 minutes of exercise, three times a week, improves a newborn’s brainpower.

“If this minimal amount of activity had an impact on the brain, it is impressive,” says Dr. Rebecca Starck, the regional director of obstetrics and gynecology at the Cleveland Clinic, who was not involved with the study.

Madelyn Fernstrom, TODAY’s diet and nutrition editor, agrees. “The good news is that moderate activity —brisk walking 3 times a week — seems to have an effect, even right after birth," Fernstrom says.


Very cool news!  Do you exercise regularly?  Have you been able to keep up with it since you've been pregnant?

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Registered: 11-06-2013
Wed, 11-13-2013 - 9:12am
I need to get back into a regular routine. I've been using my lack of energy as an excuse and I know I'll regret it if I don't get active and busy now!