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Exercising reduces risk of caesarean birth
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The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a fairly hefty baby boy, George, weighing in at 8lbs 6oz (3

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a fairly hefty baby boy, George, weighing in at 8lbs 6oz (3.9 kilos)-perilously close to needing a caesarean. But if she had exercised during the second and third trimester, George would almost certainly have been within the more standard weight range.
Women who exercise during pregnancy halve their risk of having a baby with macrosomia, which is medical-speak for a birth weight of over 4 kilos. A macrosomiac baby is almost always delivered by caesarean section.
But according to researchers at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, regular exercise during pregnancy reduces the risk. The researchers worked with a group of 510 pregnant women, halve of whom exercised three days a week during the 10-12 to 38-39 weeks of pregnancy, while the rest did no exercise. Cases of macrosomia in the exercise group were down by 58 per cent while there were 34 per cent fewer caesareans, too.
(Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2013; 47: 630).


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