Snigger

Women who exercise during pregnancy produce \’lighter babies\’

Well, yes, OK.

Dr Paul Hofman, from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, said: \’\’Our findings show that regular aerobic exercise alters the maternal environment in some way that has an impact on nutrient stimulation of fetal growth, resulting in a reduction in offspring birth weight.

\’\’Given that large birth size is associated with an increased risk of obesity, a modest reduction in birth weight may have long-term health benefits for offspring by lowering this risk in later life.\’\’

The snigger is that smoking also reduces birth weight. Which, if reducing birth weight is a good thing, rather makes a mockery of the advice given for decades that women shouldn\’t smoke during pregnancy because it will reduce the weight of their babies.

4 thoughts on “Snigger”

  1. ”Given that large birth size is associated with an increased risk of obesity …”

    Correlation or causation?

    A well fed mother producing a well fed baby which grows into a well fed child/grown up would not be surprising.

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