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Hospitals Still Safest for Births

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Even amid a pandemic and the rising popularity of home births, a new survey from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the safest place to have a baby is in a hospital or accredited birth center.

Home births now account for more than 2% of births nationwide, but the AAP said the wide variance in conditions, on-site expertise and distance/time from a medical facility if complications arise result in a twofold to threefold increase in fetal or newborn death, which translates to an absolute risk increase of approximately 1 to 2 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Exercise During Pregnancy

The study involved mice, but the findings are intriguing: Researchers found that pregnant mice that exercised every day built up greater stores of "good" brown fat, which promotes stronger metabolism, than pregnant mice kept away from treadmills.

The benefit appeared to translate to their litters. Progeny of exercising mom mice also displayed more robust metabolisms, which might indicate a lower likelihood of obesity later in life.

It remains to be seen if the mouse findings can be replicated in humans, but you might think about breaking out the old treadmill.

 

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