damage, whereas the trained men (runners all) experienced very little.
Startling study (cont'd)
If you haven't yet read yesterday's Health Beat item below, consider scrolling down to give it a quick read. This is a continuation of that item. As we reported yesterday, a recent exercise and pregnancy study out of Case Western Reserve University pointed up some amazing things. Namely, a group of 5-year-old children born to women who had exercised vigorously during pregnancy weighed less and had less body fat than 5-year-old children born to women who did no exercise except walking during their pregnancies. (Head researcher James Clapp, M.D., called the children of the walkers "a bit on the fat side.") Pretty interesting stuff, but what really surprised the head researcher was that the 5-year-olds of the vigorously exercising moms scored significantly better on the Wechsler test of general intelligence and coordination. They also scored higher on tests of oral language skills. A final note on the exercise group: They exercised throughout their pregnancies, doing either running, aerobics or cross-country skiing (or some combination of the three) for 30 minutes three times a week.
A startling study on exercise and pregnancy
The exercise you do while pregnant may affect your baby years down the road, according to a new study out of Case Western Reserve University and published in the Journal of Pediatrics. The Case Western researchers separated 40 pregnant women into two groups. Group one was told to exercise vigorously (at a level equivalent to easy running) for 30 minutes three times a week. Group two was told to do no exercise except walking each week. At birth the children of the vigorous exercisers weighed slightly less and had less body fat than did the children of the walkers. Not a big deal so far, but here's the interesting thing: At age 5, the children of the exercisers still weighed less and had lower body fat than did the children of the walkers. The children of the exercise group weren't unduly lean, says researcher James F. Clapp, M.D. But the 5-year-old children of the walkers tended to be "a bit on the fat side," he says.