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Regular exercise during pregnancy did not affect physical growth or mental development of infants

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Question What is the effect of regular, sustained, antigravitational exercise during pregnancy on the postnatal growth and neurodevelopment of infants?


Cohort study with follow up at 1 year.




104 infants of women recruited from an ongoing study of exercise during pregnancy who had uncomplicated pregnancies, returned for follow up, and had a satisfactory evaluation at 1 year. All mothers were white, 25–38 years old, had family incomes in the upper 50%, had a median of 17 years of education, and most (91%) worked outside of the home. They all had well balanced diets, had 12–28% body fat, and had no chronic illness or tobacco or drug …

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  • Sources of funding: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; MetroHealth Medical Center.

  • For correspondence: Dr J F Clapp 3rd, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MetroHealth Medical Center, 2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland, OH 44109, USA. Fax +1 212 778 8847.