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Expat Health Insurance News: Exercise 'should continue while pregnant'

Expecting expat insurance customers may wish to engage in regular exercise but limit the strain they put on their joints.

Penelope Fitstar founder and personal trainer specialising in pregnancy and post-natal exercise Louise Whyte recommended swimming and walking.

She advised working out with an "interval approach", or increasing the intensity of the physical activity for a small amount of time before relaxing and recovering.

The expert said expectant mothers should "listen to their body", as exercise ought to make them feel better.

Working out until the point of exhaustion is not promoted and women must have enough rest and stay hydrated, she continued.

Ms Whyte argued that weight training can provide some benefits, as it will improve the female's sense of well being and will also "build stamina for labour and lifting and carrying a baby".

Pregnant women ought to wear supportive trainers and a good sports bra as their breasts will be heavier than normal, she pointed out.

"It should just be comfortable, cool clothing," the expert argued.

Exercising while pregnant could also reduce the likelihood of the mother's offspring suffering from Alzheimer's disease later in life, a recent study has indicated.

Research published in the FASEB journal found that mice that had been bred to develop a similar problem had a greater degree of brain plasticity and fewer signs of the illness if their mothers worked out while they were expecting, compared to those born of females that did not.

Kathy Keyvani MD, an investigator at the Institute of Pathology and Neuropathology at the University Hospital Essen in Essen, Germany, said that this could provide novel prevention or treatment strategies for this condition in the future when a better understanding of the factors involved is developed.

Editor-in-chief of the FASEB Journal Gerald Weissman declared: "Whether you work out at home or go to the gym, you should do it for the sake of your health and that of your offspring."

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