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Sitting Less Often During Pregnancy Can Chase Away The Lows

Update Date: Nov 09, 2015 10:23 AM EST

It is well documented that light exercises and physical activities during pregnancy benefit most women. But another study at the Society for Endocrinology's annual meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, shows that bringing down sitting for long periods during pregnancy can also help, according to scienceworldreport.

Women who are sedentary are observed showing some depressive signs. Their body mass indexes (BMI) and socio-economic statuses have also been part of the assessment study.

The study involved 1,263 pregnant women whose physical activity and emotional well-being in the first trimester as well as the end of the second trimester were documented, said Yahoo News. Suppose the women were not active in the first and second trimester, their blood sugar levels spiked in the 28th week, boosting the risk of gestational diabetes.

Pregnant women also face the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth, as well as preeclampsia, according to The March of Dimes. This itself is a deadly health potential that leads to high blood pressure.

"Encouraging women to take breaks from sitting down might be an easier public health policy to implement than increasing their physical activity during pregnancy," Study co-author Ponnusamy Saravanan, an associate clinical professor at Warwick, via Health Day. "We believe reducing the sitting time has the potential to reduce pregnant women's risk of gestational diabetes and reduce the metabolic risk factors of their newborns."

The research that was presented at a medical meeting was just preliminary, which usually do not get as much attention and scrutiny as articles that have been published in medical and scientific journals.

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