Originally Posted by hotwings640
I agree with the idea that labor is hard work, however I do not believe that obese women become exhausted in labor any more rapidly than non-obese women.
Well, as a fitness professional, it's driving me batty that this thread is discussing "weight/fitness" as if they were synonymous! Not at all! It's entirely possible to be fit & fat, as well as skinny or slender & totally unfit. (LOL, DH & I still laugh at how on the show Dancing with the Stars
one of the pro dancers said a super model was, "Deceptively unfit."
Fitness is made up of 5 components. "Body composition" (amount of fat & muscle) is
one of those components, but only one. The others are:
2. Cardiovascular endurance
3. Muscular strength (how much
weight you can lift
4. Muscular endurance (how many times
you can lift lighter weights.)
(These latter 2 are often confused, even by fitness instructors, IMX, but they are
2 distinct things.)
Anyway, IMO, this issue begs the question... labor is "hard work" so does your level of physical endurance (both cardio and muscular endurances) help you in sustaining the hard work of labor? I would have to say YES - a higher level of physical fitness DOES enable a woman to cope with birth. If it's physical "work" - how could fitness NOT help?
---> Again, I'm talking physical fitness here - NOT addressing the issue of obesity! It's possible to be both fit & fat!
Dr. Clapp has done the most extensive research I know of on the impact of exercise on pregnancy & giving birth. His research shows that exercising Moms request anastesia less frequently & have a lower rate of other interventions, such as insturmental delivery. One could extrapolate that data to draw the conclusion that the fitness helps them through the physical "work" of labor & birth. I think it's reasonable to draw that conclusion based on what his research shows.