Study Found Pregnancy Exercise Beneficial to Moms and Babies
A study presented at the virtual ERS (European Respiratory Society) International Congress revealed the correlation between newborns of active mothers compared to lower lung function in newborns of physically inactive mothers.
Although 56% of WHO member states have policies to combat inactivity, it remains a significant problem worldwide.
Previous research has found that children with poor lung function are more likely to develop asthma, other obstructive lung diseases, and poor lung function later in life.
Compared to babies born to active moms, it was discovered that it was probable that babies born to inactive mothers were in the category with the lowest lung function.
Only 5.8% of all 814 babies had impaired lung function. This group included 8.6% of the 290 babies born to inactive moms and 4.2% of the 524 kids born to active mothers.
The average lung function of newborns born to active moms was higher than that of babies born to inactive mothers.
More research is needed since there may be other factors affecting mothers’ physical activity and their children’s lung function that have not been noted and could influence the results.
Researchers analyzed data from 814 healthy babies born in Stockholm and Oslo. They were part of a larger group engaged in the PreventADALL (Preventing Atopic Dermatitis and ALLergies in Children) research between 2014 and 2016.
The women were asked to fill out questionnaires regarding their lifestyle, socioeconomic variables, health, and diet between 18 and 34 weeks of pregnancy.
Lung function tests were carried out on the babies when they were about three months old, and regular breathing was measured.
The ratio between the time to Peak Tidal Expiratory Flow and Expiratory time (tPTEF/tE) was the most critical measurement in this study. A low tPTEF/tE indicates a restriction in exhaled breath flow.
The average tPTEF/tE measurement for all 814 infants was 0.391, with the 290 babies born to sedentary moms having the lowest average (0.387) and the 299 babies born to very active mothers having the highest average (0.394), which is not statistically significant.
The researchers will monitor the newborns’ lung function as they grow to observe how it changes and connects to respiratory disorders like asthma.
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