Impact of Maternal Exercise during Pregnancy on Offspring Chronic Disease Susceptibility

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2015 Oct;43(4):198-203. doi: 10.1249/JES.0000000000000058.


Maternal behaviors during pregnancy have been reported to impact offspring health in adulthood. In this article we explore the novel hypothesis that exercise during pregnancy can protect against chronic disease susceptibility in the offspring. To date, research has demonstrated that improvements in metabolic outcomes, cardiovascular risk, and cancer can occur in response to maternal exercise during pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Chronic Disease / prevention & control*
  • Disease Susceptibility*
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Metabolic Diseases / prevention & control
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Pregnancy*
  • Risk Factors