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Research round-up: Born to run

A study by US scientists suggests that women who work out while pregnant pass that passion for exercise on to their children

By Jane Kitchen, Spa Business | Published in Health Club Management 2016 issue 5
Movement during pregnancy may influence foetal development / photo:www.shutterstock.com
Movement during pregnancy may influence foetal development / photo:www.shutterstock.com
If expectant mothers know that exercise is not only good for them, but may also offer lifelong benefits for their babies, I think they will be more motivated to get moving

Researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, US, have discovered that female mice which voluntarily exercise during pregnancy have offspring that are more physically active as adults. The research was published in the March edition of The FASEB Journal*.

The senior author of the work, Dr Robert A Waterland – associate professor of paediatrics-nutrition and of molecular and human genetics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, at Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital – noted that although their research studied mice, “several human studies have reported results consistent with ours”.

Indeed, observational studies have found that women who are physically active while pregnant have children who tend to be more physically active. However, it hasn’t been firmly established whether these results can be attributed to the mothers’ influence on the children after they were born, or if mothers can pass a genetic predisposition to be physically active on to their offspring.

“Our study in a mouse model is important because we can take all those effects out of the equation,” said Waterland. “We studied genetically identical mice and carefully controlled the amount of physical activity among the mothers before pregnancy.”

Run with the idea
The Baylor team selected female mice which all enjoyed running, then divided them into two groups. One was allowed access to running wheels before and during pregnancy, and the other was not.

During early pregnancy, the females with the running wheels ran an average of 10km every night. They ran less as the pregnancy progressed, but even by the beginning of their third trimester they were still running (or walking) for around 3km each night.

Influence in the womb
The mice born to mothers which exercised during pregnancy were about 50 per cent more physically active than those born to mothers which did not exercise.

Importantly, their increased levels of activity continued into later adulthood, and was even found to improve their ability to lose fat during a three-week voluntary exercise programme.

The study supports the idea that movement during pregnancy influences foetal brain development, ensuring that the offspring tend to be more physically active throughout life.

“Although most people assume that an individual’s tendency to be physically active is determined by genetics, our results clearly show that the environment can play an important role during foetal development,” Waterland said.

If a similar effect can be confirmed in people, it could potentially lead to an effective strategy to counteract the current worldwide epidemic of physical inactivity and obesity.

“I think our results offer a very positive message,” said Waterland. “If expectant mothers know that exercise is not only good for them, but may also offer lifelong benefits for their babies, I think they will be more motivated to get moving.”

*Waterland, RA et al. Maternal exercise during pregnancy promotes physical activity in adult offspring. The FASEB Journal. March 2016

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Research round-up: Born to run

A study by US scientists suggests that women who work out while pregnant pass that passion for exercise on to their children

By Jane Kitchen, Spa Business | Published in Health Club Management 2016 issue 5
Movement during pregnancy may influence foetal development / photo:www.shutterstock.com
Movement during pregnancy may influence foetal development / photo:www.shutterstock.com
If expectant mothers know that exercise is not only good for them, but may also offer lifelong benefits for their babies, I think they will be more motivated to get moving

Researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, US, have discovered that female mice which voluntarily exercise during pregnancy have offspring that are more physically active as adults. The research was published in the March edition of The FASEB Journal*.

The senior author of the work, Dr Robert A Waterland – associate professor of paediatrics-nutrition and of molecular and human genetics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, at Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital – noted that although their research studied mice, “several human studies have reported results consistent with ours”.

Indeed, observational studies have found that women who are physically active while pregnant have children who tend to be more physically active. However, it hasn’t been firmly established whether these results can be attributed to the mothers’ influence on the children after they were born, or if mothers can pass a genetic predisposition to be physically active on to their offspring.

“Our study in a mouse model is important because we can take all those effects out of the equation,” said Waterland. “We studied genetically identical mice and carefully controlled the amount of physical activity among the mothers before pregnancy.”

Run with the idea
The Baylor team selected female mice which all enjoyed running, then divided them into two groups. One was allowed access to running wheels before and during pregnancy, and the other was not.

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Influence in the womb
The mice born to mothers which exercised during pregnancy were about 50 per cent more physically active than those born to mothers which did not exercise.

Importantly, their increased levels of activity continued into later adulthood, and was even found to improve their ability to lose fat during a three-week voluntary exercise programme.

The study supports the idea that movement during pregnancy influences foetal brain development, ensuring that the offspring tend to be more physically active throughout life.

“Although most people assume that an individual’s tendency to be physically active is determined by genetics, our results clearly show that the environment can play an important role during foetal development,” Waterland said.

If a similar effect can be confirmed in people, it could potentially lead to an effective strategy to counteract the current worldwide epidemic of physical inactivity and obesity.

“I think our results offer a very positive message,” said Waterland. “If expectant mothers know that exercise is not only good for them, but may also offer lifelong benefits for their babies, I think they will be more motivated to get moving.”

*Waterland, RA et al. Maternal exercise during pregnancy promotes physical activity in adult offspring. The FASEB Journal. March 2016

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