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Exercise during pregnancy may increase birth weight

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7280.193/a (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:193
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Women who start a moderate exercise programme during early pregnancy may improve their likelihood of giving birth to a healthy baby, according to the results of a new study.

    Dr James Clapp, professor of reproductive biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and colleagues studied 46 women who were not exercising regularly and were 8 weeks pregnant. The women were randomly asked to undertake either moderate weight bearing exercise three to five times a week (n=22) or no exercise for the …

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