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New Study: Pregnancy & Exercise May Improve Baby's Brain

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The New York Times said that expecting mothers who exercise during pregnancy can boost their baby's brain development.

According to a new Montreal study, 20 minutes of exercise three times per week can advance a newborn's brain activity.

The old myth resting during pregnancy has disappeared for Granite Fitness trainer Nicole Balster.

St. Vincent Healthcare OBYGN, Julianna Papez said exercising improves growth and development for babies in the womb.

"By working out, it increases blood flow to the important organs of your body. So, it would increase blood flow to your uterus where the baby lives, and that would increase blood flow to the baby, and so it would give it more nutrients," Dr. Papez said.

Nicole is eight months pregnant, and just 6 1/2 weeks shy of giving birth to a new baby boy, but when she was pregnant with her daughter Grace, she still exercised throughout her entire pregnancy.

"And when she came out the nurses were just wowed at how alert she was, just aware of her surroundings. She didn't come out as that sleepy, groggy baby. She was wide awake, and they just couldn't believe that," Balster said.

Nicole said a healthy diet and exercise is the best thing you can do for your child.

"And I attribute a lot of that to exercising while I was pregnant, because the more you exercise, the more your babies are going to get that blood flow, which means they're going to get more oxygen what helps them develop, and I just really feel that that's what kind of boosted Grace's awareness," Balster said.

Nicole said she wasn't surprised when she heard about this study, because her 2-year old daughter Grace has the communication of a 4-year-old.

"And to this day she is still very alert very smart. She just turned two years old in October, and she can count to 16. She knows her ABC's. She sings songs," Balster said.

Experts said before you engage in strenuous activity to consult your doctor to see if you have a complicated or high-risk pregnancy.

Doctors also said setting daily goals for 30 minutes of exercise is a great way to help your pregnancy and your baby's life.