New studies show that exercising regularly during pregnancy helps babies develop stronger lungs and stave off asthma!
Scientists from the University of Oslo monitored activity levels of more than 800 women during pregnancy and then studied their baby’s lung function at three months old.
Children of women who did little exercise were found to be twice as likely to have poor lung function and a higher risk of asthma, other obstructive lung diseases and lower lung function in later life.
Professor Jonathon Grigg, head of paediatric respiratory medicine at Queen Mary University of London said: ‘This study offers a fascinating hint that increased activity of mothers is associated with better lung function in their babies’.
The NHS urges mothers-to-be to keep up daily physical activity and exercise for as long as they feel comfortable.