A new study out of Iowa State University shows 30 minutes of exercising each day may not be enough for pregnant women.
The study, conducted through the Blossom Project, found staying active throughout the day not only limits excessive weight gain but can also lessen back pain, increase energy levels and reduce insomnia for pregnant women.
Pregnant women typically spend 75 percent of their day sitting down, said Iowa State professor Christina Campbell.
“Many of these women met physical activity guidelines. But just because you meet the guidelines doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a non-sedentary person,” she said.
But it isn’t just about weight gain. Getting women to be more active when pregnant can impact the health of the baby.
If a woman gains too much when pregnant, it predisposes the baby to childhood obesity as well as increasing the risk for maternal complications, according to Campbell.
Making a conscious effort be more active throughout the day is one of the biggest things you can do for yourself and your baby when pregnant, Campbell said.