Pregnancy and Exercise: How Metabolism and Motivation are Affected in Expecting Mouse Mothers

Staying active and exercise are important for all stages of life, but metabolic and physiologic changes during pregnancy are likely to impact an expecting mother’s fitness routine.

Recently, researchers at the University of Otago in New Zealand sought to better understand energy homeostasis and voluntary activity in mice during pregnancy, and published their findings in the journal Physiology & Behavior.

Using Sable Systems’ Promethion behavioral and metabolic phenotyping system, the researchers observed changes in energy expenditure, food intake, and wheel running behavior in pregnant mice. They found that starting in early pregnancy and progressively as body weight increases, food intake and voluntary wheel running behavior are affected.

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