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VIGOROUS EXERCISE HELPS PREVENT PREMATURE BIRTH
Several studies show that exercise is not harmful during pregnancy, but a recent study from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is the first to show that vigorous exercise during pregnancy can help to prevent premature birth (Epidemiology, Volume 13, Issue 6, 2002).
Premature birth increases risk for illness and death in newborn babies.
It is almost impossible for a pregnant women to exercise so vigorously that the baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen, but lack of calories or high body temperature could damage the baby’s brain.
The harder you exercise, the higher your temperature rises. While infections can raise body temperature high enough to damage the baby’s brain, there have been no reports of exercise doing this.
Ingrid Christianson, a former world record holder, gave birth to a healthy baby after wining the Houston Marathon when she was five months pregnant.
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