I worked out during my pregnancies, not because I thought it would help my babies, but because honestly, I'm a little vain. And new pants just don't grow on trees.
But as it turns out, the benefits of exercising aren't for me, they are for the baby. New research reveals that working out aids in fetal brain development:"The study involving 18 moms-to-be and their babies found that "at 10 days, the children have a more mature brain when their mothers exercised during the pregnancy," said study researcher Elise Labonte-LeMoyne, a PhD candidate in kinesiology at the University of Montreal.
Researchers surmise that advantages may lead to better language later on in life and will continue tracking the children in their study to see if the slight advantage persists. But if you didn't work out during your pregnancy, don't burn that early application to Harvard just yet. Environment and genetics play a far more crucial role in determining the intelligence of your child than how many squats you did at nine months pregnant. I also wonder if the study controlled for things like the IQ of the parents when determining the participants in the study.