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Exercise to shorten labour
Exercise during pregnancy has been shown to improve circulation, help with weight management, control blood sugar, manage blood pressure, decrease the chance of preterm labour and complications, and shorten hospital stays. But, the benefits don’t end there. A new study from Techinical University in Madrid, Spain, has found that pregnant women who perform moderate exercise just three times a week significantly reduced both the first and second stage of labour, as well as their need for an epidural. The team of researchers, led by Professor Ruben Barakat, carried out a study with 508 healthy women. There were 253 in the control group and 255 in the exercise group.The latter were given a moderate aerobic exercise programme throughout their pregnancies to perform three days a week. A number of factors were analysed while each woman gave birth and the pregnant women who exercised moderately during their pregnancies were more likely to spend less time in labour than the women who hadn’t exercised.