According to a new study, women are more likely to have a natural delivery with normal-sized baby if they exercise regularly during the pregnancy. Thus, such women have less chances of undergoing a caesarean section because of a large baby.

"We found that women who exercised had a 31 percent reduction in the risk of having a large baby without changing the risk of having a small baby or an earlier baby," said lead researcher Margie Davenport, Times Live reported.

In addition, Davenport, a professor at the University of Alberta in Canada, claimed that the chances of requiring a caesarean section at the time of the delivery are reduced by 20 percent in the case of women who exercise during pregnancy.

The researchers concluded the study findings based on their analysis of over 28 studies conducted in the past that had the data from 5,322 pregnant women. The data showed a comparison between women who has themselves enrolled in the prenatal exercising program versus those who opted for standard care facilities.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the normal birth weight of a child is between 2.49 and 3.99 kgs.

The complete study has been published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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