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Exercise during pregnancy – not just good for mom!

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JOCELYN HAS BEEN FEATURED ON:

We all know the benefits of regular exercise in pregnancy, from mental health to healthy weight management. Now, a fascinating new study from Denmark has shed light on an additional and somewhat surprising benefit: an association between exercise during pregnancy and intelligence score in offspring. 

The women in the study self-administered questionnaires about both leisure-time physical activity and weekly hours of sport, and then were evaluated after adjustments for body mass index, years in school, and smoking.

Sons of women with light and moderate-to-heavy leisure‐time physical activity had lower risk of having a low intelligence score compared with sons of women with sedentary activity. Furthermore, sons of women regularly engaged in sports had lower risk of a low intelligence score.

Now there’s even more motivation to get up and keep moving during pregnancy!

I hope you have found this helpful, and do let me know if you have any questions!

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In health,

Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy, ND

Terra Life

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References:

Jochumsen, S. et al. (2019). Physical activity during pregnancy and intelligence in sons; A cohort study. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

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