Prenatal workout with Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center

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Alvin Dupens, a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center was on Good Afternoon Arkansas for Workout Wednesday talking about the importance of working out while pregnant and showing some exercises.

Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center conducts nutrition research to determine how diet and physical activity impact growth and development. One of only two pediatric nutrition research centers nationwide, the Center is a partnership between Arkansas Children’s Hospital, USDA, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and UAMS.

One of currently recruiting studies focuses on how a mother’s health and physical activity during pregnancy may influence her child’s growth and development.

Alvin is currently training pregnant women in their 12th-36th week of pregnancy as part of a research study at the Nutrition Center.

Regular physical activity during pregnancy helps with weight management and stress. It has been shown to be generally safe for most women, but it is important to consult your doctor prior to beginning any exercise.

He says there are important things to remember about exercise during pregnancy:

Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise

Avoid high intensity cardio exercise and abdominal exercises during pregnancy

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