Benefits of running during pregnancy could extend to offspring

A study has found staying active in pregnancy could help your child grow up to be fit too.

The research, led by Min Du at Washington State University, found exercise during pregnancy stimulates the production of brown adipose tissue, or brown fat, in a developing fetus, which burns off heat in the body.

The study found the offspring of mice that exercised daily during pregnancy had a greater proportion of brown fat but also burned white fat (or “bad fat”) off quicker than the offspring of a control group of pregnant mice that did not exercise.

Previous research has shown that exercise among overweight women during pregnancy protects against metabolic dysfunction and obesity in their offspring. “This new study shows these benefits may also extend to the offspring of women who are healthy and in shape,” said Min Du.

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