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Like mothers, like kids

Women who are active during pregnancy are likely to have active babies, says a study.

health and fitness Updated: Nov 24, 2007 16:20 IST

Women who are active during pregnancy are likely to have active babies, reveals a new study that shows why exercise is important for pregnant women.

The study, which ruled out any biological factors behind this, said active pregnant mothers were likely to continue doing exercise after birth and this would encourage their children to get into good habits.

Scientists at Bristol University gathered data on 5,500 children between 11 and 12 years and recorded their activities over the course of at least three days.

The researchers also analysed these against several factors including how active mothers were during pregnancy.

They found that the children of the mothers who took part in regular brisk walking and swimming during their pregnancy ended up being 3-4 percent more active, reported the online edition of BBC News.

"The early pre-school years are so important. It seems if they see their parents doing regular exercise this will have a positive impact," said lead researcher Calum Mattocks.

The findings of the study have appeared in the latest issue of the British Medical Journal.