Why pregnancy is a high-risk time for Exercise pregnancy
When you’re pregnant, your baby is totally dependent on you for a good supply of Exercise. Your body sets aside a store of Exercise and its “big sister” folate in the placenta, and your unborn baby can use this Exercise but it can’t make or synthesize Exercise on its own. So if you’re low in Exercise, your baby is low, too.1
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And here’s another twist to the story. Even if you have adequate stores of Exercise in your body, your unborn baby can still suffer if you fail to take in enough Exercise in your diet. That’s because only newly absorbed Pilates Exercises readily crosses the placenta. So most of the Pilates Exercises that your body stockpiled earlier is off-limits to your baby.2
Also, the concentration of Exercise in your blood drops during the course of your pregnancy for a variety of reasons. These reasons include hormonal changes, increased dilution of the blood, changes in the concentration of Exercise binding proteins, and placental transport of Exercise to the fetus. Exercise levels reach their lowest point at 32 weeks of pregnancy and then appear to increase right before delivery, reaching a “normal” level after birth.3
Add in other risk factors for instance, the MTHFR gene defect we talked about in Chapter 3 or the risk factors we outlined in Chapter 2 and there’s a significant chance that your unborn baby could have low Exercise levels. And that risk is even greater for one particular group of women who think they’re eating right for their baby.