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Resistance Training and Aerobic Exercise Beneficial During Pregnancy  

It is estimated that approximately 10% of women engage in resistance training during pregnancy. A survey published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health assessed the associations between resistance training and adverse outcomes during pregnancy. The survey was completed by 284 women and included data on exercise levels during each trimester and birth outcomes during their most recent pregnancy in the past five years.

Based on results, several groups emerged: women who did both resistance and aerobic training, women who took part in just aerobic exercise, and women who did not exercise at all. The group who trained using both aerobic and resistance exercise trained on average 2.9 days per week for 27.3 minutes. This group showed lower incidence of hypertensive disorders (like pre-eclampsia) and gestational diabetes. In addition, no risk of pre-term labor, mode of delivery, or gestational age at delivery was noted among women who exercised. Health clubs provide a safe place for women to enjoy both aerobic and resistance exercise during their pregnancies.

White E1, Pivarnik J, Pfeiffer K. Resistance Training During Pregnancy and Perinatal Outcomes. J Phys Act Health. 2014 Aug;11(6):1141-1148.

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