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Latest research about pregnancy

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Every so often we share with our audience – you – the latest medical news and research outcome that we feel may be of interest.  The topic we are covering today is pregnancy.

Intense exercise during pregnancy? USA Today reports that “exercise is an important part of a healthy pregnancy.” In fact, “the old-school idea that pregnant women should be on bed rest doesn’t apply to most women, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists pointed out a few years ago.” ACOG “says physical activity risks during pregnancy are minimal.” Pregnant women who are healthy “should be encouraged to do aerobic and strength-conditioning exercises before, during and after pregnancy.”

For more about exercising during pregnancy, read our past posts here.

Stress and miscarriage risk: a review of studies found that women who experience higher levels of psychological stress may have a higher risk of having a miscarriage. Researchers determined that among women who reported a history of experiencing psychological stressors “increased their risk of miscarriage by up to 42 percent.” According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, approximately 10 percent of known pregnancies result in miscarriages, “though many medical professionals believe this estimate is too low,” the article adds.

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