Pregnant or not, regular exercise is crucial for good health. Exercise is good, but moving more matters, as being sedentary is considered a risk factor for chronic conditions, including cancer and heart disease.
Here’s the latest on how important it is to move around throughout the day in addition to getting a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a week - that’s at least 30 minutes on most days.
Secondhand smoke is damaging to your unborn child, according to a new article in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics that pools the results of 19 other studies on the subject. The authors concluded that babies of nonsmoking moms who are exposed to secondhand smoke were at greater risk for stillbirth and a range of birth defects.
The researchers noted that it’s unclear whether active smoking by the father could damage genes in his sperm and affect the child, too.
If you live with a smoker, ask them to stop, for your benefit and for your child’s.