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Creating Your Super Baby

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by | 2 views

Creating Your Super Baby: How a Pregnant Women Optimizes Her Unborn Child Using Exercise

By James Goodlatte and Kimberly Nelli

If you are pregnant and have ever pondered the idea of starting an exercise program, start now. You know exercise helps fight obesity and disease, but how can it help your baby be healthier during pregnancy and after? Although all women should exercise, there are five key times in a woman’s life to develop effective exercise programs: adolescence, pregnancy, after pregnancy, menopause, and as we enter our senior years. This article helps the pregnant woman understand how exercise can enhance her baby’s neural and physical development and gives her the information she needs to get started today.

Your Baby’s Development May Improve by Exercising During Pregnancy

Would you love to give your baby the best possible chance in childhood? The way you move your body now, during pregnancy, may improve your baby’s health for years to come. Dr. James F. Clapp, an international authority on the effects of exercise during pregnancy, states outright, “The newborns of women who exercise tend to be alert, are easier to care for, and do not have trouble with transition of life outside the uterus.” He goes on to say these healthier babies respond more eagerly to things in their environment, they more readily self-quiet when they are disturbed, and they need much less consolation from others.

Ten years of Dr. Clapp’s research is detailed in his book, Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, which reveals that mental performance and physical attributes are often significantly better in babies of women who exercised during pregnancy.

  • Infants of exercising women do significantly better on the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (BSID) which are used to diagnose infants with delays in cognitive, motor, and behavioral development.
  • Studies show babies born of exercising women do better on standardized intelligence, general intelligence, and oral language tests at one year of age and after.
  • Even five years after birth, children of women who exercised were in better shape than children of mothers who did not exercise.

Exercise May Remove Toxins and Stress from Your Baby

How would you like your baby to receive more nutrients, feel less stress, be given more oxygen, and have a less toxic environment during the nine months of your pregnancy? Dr. Clapp’s studies indicate that the placenta’s of moms who exercise regularly function better than the placentas of mom’s who don’t exercise. Since your placenta is your baby’s way of obtaining nutrients and eliminating wastes, this single factor may account for a great deal in your child’s development.

Dr. Clapp says babies of moms who exercise simply show a “better growth and development pattern in utero.” And he is not alone. Helen Varney, who is a professor in Yale University’s School of Nursing, teaches her students that babies of women who exercise have higher Apgar scores of physical health immediately upon birth. Her textbook, Varney’s Midwifery, impresses that “Overall, the babies of exercising moms show an increase in prenatal function.” Together, these two make an incredible case that exercising during pregnancy will grow your baby to be stronger, suffer less stress, and enjoy an optimized environment while in your belly.

Introducing Pregnancy Labor Training!

You can start today, with no equipment and no gym needed. Exercise can happen right in your home using only a few square feet of space. Preparing for pregnancy and delivery involves a multitude of exercises including strength, flexibility, kegals, core breathing, balance, and “Belly Training.” Below outlines a system for specifically enhancing your baby’s development in utero and preparing your baby’s physiology for the stress of labor. Since your health is most important, please consult your qualified exercise professional before altering your current exercise habit, especially if you are in your third trimester.

1. Challenge Your Breathing Rate

Challenging your breathing rate will condition your baby for labor. Exercises that use your whole body, like squat-push-press or mountain climbers will accomplish this goal best.

2. Pregnancy-Specific Contraction Bursts

If you are training your baby to handle the contractions of labor, your challenge time should be similar to the time your contractions will last, usually between 30 and 90 seconds. Start with 30 seconds for a few weeks, then move to 45 seconds, then to 60 seconds, and so on. If you can, build your ability until you feel comfortable expending energy for bursts of about 90 seconds.

3. Visualization Rest Periods

Since you are training for labor, it is extremely important that you visualize your body recovering between “Contraction Bursts.” Similar to how your labor will progress, rest will last 3 minutes at first, then 2 and a half, then 2 minutes, and so on. The shortest time between the end of one contraction and the start of the next can be as little as 60 seconds, and the closer you train to this point the more conditioned you and your baby will be.

Countless studies have shown that visualization improves outcome, so make sure that you close your eyes and visualize your calm breathing rate, see your baby moving down the birth canal, and watch as your perfectly strong and vital newborn arrives physically and mentally healthy in every way. Varney’s textbook tells her students that visualization activates neural pathways that pattern the action, making the visualized event more and more likely to occur.

For more information about how to create your super baby, contact Kim and James at [email protected] You may also visit their website www.yoursuperbaby.com.

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