Stretching exercises may be more effective at reducing the risk of preeclampsia than walking for pregnant women who have already experienced the condition and who do not follow a workout routine.
Preeclampsia, or pregnancy-induced hypertension, is among the leading causes of maternal and fetal illness and death worldwide.
Previous studies and literature have suggested that rigorous exercise is the most effective way to reduce the risk of preeclampsia. However, at the end of a recent study, almost 15 percent of women who exercised by walking developed preeclampsia, while less than 5 percent in a group that stretched instead developed the condition.
Stretching my provide protection against preeclampsia by causing the body to produce transferrin, a plasma protein that transports iron through the blood and protects against oxidative stress on the body.
* Eurekalert May 28, 2008