Frequent exercise during pregnancy

...does it reduce active labour time?

  • Consistently exercising pregnant women had a shorter active labour time
  • Fewer Caesarean sections and more normal vaginal deliveries
  • Small proportion with therapy compliance, possible overestimation of effects?

Women who exercise during their pregnancy may have a shorter active labour time than women who do not exercise. However, this only applies if they exercise consistently for a minimum of 2 sessions per week. This conclusion can be drawn from a randomised controlled trial executed by Norwegian scientists, who allocated 105 pregnant women into two groups and performed a follow up until two months after birth delivery. The intervention group received two to three supervised training sessions per week for a total of three months.


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