NATALFit Intelligence

A STATISTICAL REPORT ON THE MEDICAL BENEFITS OF PRENATAL FITNESS

Collaborated by, Dawn Weyand, Owner of NatalFit

Preeclampsia

 In the United States, there is a 5-7% occurrence of preeclampsia of all pregnancies, which is 23.6 cases in a thousand, and due to its life-threatening possible effects, it is the third leading cause of pregnancy-related death.   In the US, the maternal mortality rate is still around 12 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births, a number that puts America behind at least 41 other countries.

Preeclampsia, otherwise known as toxemia, is a disorder that occurs during pregnancy wherein the woman’s blood pressure rises to an abnormally high level. This condition is characterized by proteinuria, which symbolizes abnormal levels of protein in the urine, and other metabolic disturbances, and could endanger the life of the mother and the fetus during the third trimester of a pregnancy or at around twenty weeks of gestation.

NatalFit’s program promotes prenatal exercise, because a high BMI is one known risk factor of preeclampsia.

The Pregnant Patient Benefits because NatalFit’s prenatal exercise methods help control blood pressure. Not only will NatalFit’s prenatal exercise program keep pregnant patients healthy, it can potentially affect the lives of her and her baby.

The Hospital Benefits because prenatal exercise can cut the risk for developing hypertension by up to 34% which can aid in the prevention of preeclampsia.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes effects between 2 and 10 percent of prenatal women.

Gestational diabetes occurs when high blood sugar levels are present during pregnancy. Hormone levels during pregnancy can make your body’s cells less responsive to insulin, resulting in high levels of sugar in the blood stream. Gestational diabetes can be dangerous for the mother and the baby due to an increased risk of health problems in the baby and complications during childbirth.

If the pregnant patient “fails” the test, she will be asked to take the three hours glucose test. She will have her blood drawn and will be tested at 30 minutes, one hour, two hours, and three hours.

If she “fails” the three-hour test she will be sent to a Nutritionist to learn ways that she can control her glucose levels through diet. The pregnant patient will also have a plan established for her by the Nutritionist for monitoring blood sugar levels to assess her progress.

NatalFit’s program helps prevent gestational diabetes by improving the body’s ability to use blood sugar.

The Pregnant Patient Benefits because more often than not, she passes the Gestational Diabetes test and can go back to NatalFit’s program without having to have her diet restricted by the Nutritionist in the last and hardest term of pregnancy.

The Hospital Benefits because since that patient passes the test, she is not referred out for Nutritional Counseling and its corresponding program with its follow up appointments. This is a tremendous cost savings to the Hospital.

Obesity and Excessive Weight Gain Can Impact Pregnancy & Delivery

About 29.8 percent of California births involve a C-Section — a rate that grows every year.

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), there are significant risks associated with obesity and pregnancy. Obesity is a risk factor for miscarriage. As body mass index (BMI) increases, so do the chances of needing a Cesarean delivery.

A study by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research of more than 40,000 women and their babies found that women who gained more than 40 pounds during their pregnancies were nearly twice as likely to have a heavy baby. Published in the November issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the study found that more than one in five women gain excessive weight during pregnancy, doubling her chances of having a baby that weighs 9 pounds or more.

NatalFit’s pre natal fitness program is designed to encourage good nutrition during the course of pregnancy, but to make certain that extra calories are kept at bay. Exercising during pregnancy keeps the patient within the medically recommended weight gain range and thus, allowing for an optimal pregnancy outcome.

The Pregnant Patient Benefits because her pregnancy is attended to, weight gain is kept to a minimum and she has a far better chance at avoiding a C-Section.

The Hospital Benefits because the typical cost of a vaginal delivery without complications ranges from about $9,000 to $17,000. The typical cost for a C-section without complications or a vaginal delivery with complications ranges from about $14,000 to $25,000 or more.

The Positive Effects of Common Problems

Exercise during pregnancy helps to alleviate many of the common problems of pregnancy. It improves circulation (which helps prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, leg cramps, and swelling of the ankles). It also prevents back pain by strengthening the muscles that support the back.

Pregnancy often leaves women feeling less energetic, but regular exercise can actually give more energy to make it through the day. Strengthened cardiovascular system(s) will provide more endurance. Stronger muscles will allow for accomplishing tasks with less effort, leaving more energy to continue through the rest of the day.

Exercise also allows better sleep. Most women have some trouble sleeping through the night by the end of their pregnancies. Exercising on a regular basis will help to work off excess energy and will tire the individual enough to provide a deeper, more restful slumber.

Exercise has been shown to improve mood. Lessening mood swings, improving self-image allows the pregnant patient to feel a sense of control over what can seem to be, a situation that is out of her control.

Exercise helps prepare for childbirth. Some studies suggest that the fitness level of the mother can result in a shorter labor, fewer medical interventions, and less exhaustion during labor. Being in shape will not decrease the pain, but it definitely will help provide the endurance needed to get through labor.

The Hospital Benefits because when a pregnant patient exercises during pregnancy, the hospital, as a result, deals with much fewer complications and interventions thus saving hospital time and money. All of these complications above are addressed in every pregnancy. Many of these complications can be avoided.

Pre Term Labor

In 2009, the rate of preterm births in the United States was 12.2% according to a new analysis by the March of Dimes. In California specifically, the preterm birth rate for 2009 was 10.3 %

The United States Department of Health and Human Services stated in a podcast in May 2009 that, “Women can increase their chances for avoiding pre term labor by eating right, exercising, not smoking, and getting early medical care. They further stated that such exercise should be “regular and should continue during pregnancy.”

NatalFit is a formularized prenatal fitness program. So many times people will sincerely commit to exercise. The problem is the commitment. Exercise is an easy thing to put off until, “tomorrow.” NatalFit is a program that pregnant women enter during the course of their pregnancy. It involves sessions that they need to attend. Because other pregnant women are there as well, they do come and the results begin to unfold.

The Pregnant Patient Benefits because she has a pregnancy fitness program to actually sign up with that is going to take care of this necessary part of her pregnancy. As a result of her participation, she has reduced her chances of pre term labor. She, more often than not, has a full term pregnancy and takes her baby home from the hospital vs. falling into the avoidable statistics below-

The Hospital Benefits because The Official Journal of The National Academy of Pediatrics Vol. 120 No. 1 July 1, 2 2007 provided the following Cost Report to Hospitals Nationwide due to Pre Term Deliveries – In 2001, 8% (384,200) of all 4.6 million infant stays nationwide included a diagnosis of preterm birth/low birth weight. Costs for these preterm/low birth weight admissions totaled $5.8 billion, representing 47% of the costs for all infant hospitalizations and 27% for all pediatric stays. Preterm/low birth weight infant stays averaged $15,100, with a mean length of stay of 12.9 days versus $600 and 1.9 days for uncomplicated newborns. Costs were highest for extremely preterm infants (<28 weeks’ gestation/birth weight <1000 g), averaging $65,600, and for specific respiratory-related complications. However, two thirds of total hospitalization costs for preterm birth/low birth weight were for the substantial number of infants who were not extremely preterm.

CONCLUSIONS. Costs per infant hospitalization were highest for extremely preterm infants, although the larger number of moderately preterm/low birth weight infants contributed more to the overall costs. Preterm/low birth weight infants in the United States account for half of infant hospitalization costs and one quarter of pediatric costs, suggesting that major infant and pediatric cost savings could be realized by preventing preterm birth.

 

What the Pregnant Patients and Doctors are Asking For

Experts agree that exercise during pregnancy is safe and beneficial for most pregnant women, if it is done properly. Most women actually, want to exercise.

 But where? Once someone is pregnant, fitness programs almost become obsolete. Personal trainers are not specialized in this special population and classes that are offered often will say that, “the best thing to do is to start up with them after the baby is born or Yoga can be a safe option.”

Doctors want their patients exercising but can only say just that. They do not have; but want, somewhere to send these women so that all of the benefits can take place as listed above; for the patient and the hospital.