Recently pregnant athletes have been in the news. From articles in Runner’s World to photos of elite British marathon runner Paula Radcliffe, such as this photo on the right, we are reminded that doctors encourage pregnant women to stay active even into the third trimester. Now research presents with even more support for moms-to- be to exercise! Two recent studies show that exercise in the second and third trimesters are not only safe for normal pregnancies but can decrease the risks of gestational diabetes, high weight babies and the need for ceasarean delivery.
A recent study published in Nature Neuroscience suggests a different brain pathway for pain between male mice and female mice. The explains why so many more women suffer from chronic pain syndromes than me, and why some pain medication may only help 50% of the population.