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Exercise to control gestational hypertension

Researchers at UPM and UWO have shown that performing supervised moderate-intensity exercise during pregnancy can prevent gestational hypertension in pregnant women and overweight in newborns.

A team of researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and University of Western Ontario (Canada) has carried out a randomized clinical trial with healthy pregnant women in three public hospitals of Madrid to establish the influence of physical exercise in the prevention of anomalies during pregnancy and fetal outcome. This research was led by Professor Rubén Barakat, a researcher from Faculty of Sciences for Physical Activity and Sport (INEF) and was published in the American Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Pregnant women performing the indoor exercise programme
Pregnant women performing the indoor exercise programme
Image Credit: Rubén Barakat