Home Health Parents News Now Exercise During Pregnancy Could Reduce C-Section, High Birth Weight Risks Exercise During Pregnancy Could Reduce C-Section, High Birth Weight Risks By Holly Lebowitz Rossi July 18, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_145686011 30415 The researchers contacted a total of 780 Spanish pregnant women attending two primary health care centres in Leganés (Madrid). Finally, 510 gave their consent to participate in the study. They all recognized they were sedentary -- that is, that they exercised for less than 20 minutes on fewer than 3 days a week. The intervention group followed a training program that consisted of 55 minute sessions of aerobic, muscle strength and flexibility exercises on three days a week from weeks 10-12 to weeks 38-39 of pregnancy, while the control group received standard recommendations and care. The results showed the training sessions did not reduce the appearance of gestational diabetes mellitus but did diminish the incidence of two major associated risks: macrosomia [high birth weight babies] (down by 58%) and caesarean delivery (which fell by 34%). These findings "reinforce the need to encourage more supervised exercise interventions during pregnancy to combat the negative effects of gestational diabetes mellitus," says Jonatan Ruiz, researcher in the University of Granada Department of Physical and Sports Education and corresponding author of the study. Image: Pregnant woman exercising, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Exercise During Pregnancy Could Reduce C-Section, High Birth Weight Risks Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.