Physiology of Prenatal Exercise and Fetal Development

  • Linda E.┬áMay

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Physiology book series (BRIEFSPHYSIOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Linda E. May
    Pages 19-23
  3. Linda E. May
    Pages 35-36
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 37-44

About this book


Exercise during pregnancy maintains, and in some cases improves, maternal fitness and physical capacity, significantly decreases risk of developing preeclampsia, hypertension, gestational diabetes mellitus, decreases weight gain, and improves attitude and mental state.  Placental adaptations have been discovered recently that indicate an increase in blood flow and nourishment to the fetus.  This new SpringerBrief in Physiology explores the newest research findings on how exercise influences the fetus in utero and beyond.  Physiology of Prenatal Exercise and Fetal Development reviews the current findings of how maternal exercise throughout gestation influences fetal development of key organ systems, and will also encompass the relationship between maternal activity level and fetal, birth, and neonatal effects.  This information will help researchers and scientists better understand the physiological effects of exercise during pregnancy on offspring development.


exercise fetal development neonatal perinatal physiology

Authors and affiliations

  • Linda E.┬áMay
    • 1
  1. 1.and BiosciencesKansas City University of MedicineKansas CityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3407-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3408-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-9866
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-9874
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