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Moms Who Do Not Exercise May Have Bigger Babies, Love Handles

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Moms Who Do Not Exercise May Have Bigger Babies, Love Handles

Hey, ladies — if you’re having your first child and aren’t keen on pushing out an “overweight” baby, you may want to start hitting the gym, according to a new study.

Working out at least three times per week reduced the odds of delivering a newborn with excessive birth weight (defined as more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces), by about a quarter, claims a report published in the October issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

8 pounds, 13 ounces is considered “excessive”?  By those standards, I’m surprised they didn’t immediately throw MY 9-pound, 13-ounce ass into a sumo wrestling ring.

For first-time mothers, both walking and running helped decrease their odds of having an overweight child.  One possible explanation for exercise lowering that risk among newborns is the effect of aerobic exercise on glucose tolerance, the researchers said.

I’m guessing the mother of that poor baby in the picture wasn’t exactly a regular at step aerobics class.

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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