Treadmill Exercise While Pregnant

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Exercising while pregnant will not have an effect on birth outcomes. The authors examined the physiological and metabolic responses of 24 active late pregnant women to 40 minutes of vigorous steady-state treadmill exercise followed by a metabolic perturbation after exercise. When the values were compared with those for a group of physically active non-pregnant women in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. The pregnancy-induced delay of glucose uptake was seen in response to the postexercise OGTT compared with the nonpregnant women. However late pregnant women were heavier, they performed the same work rate. These adaptations may be fetoprotective, because the authors research suggests that 40 min of continuous treadmill exercise is well

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