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Pregnant women who maintain a moderate to high level of exercise performance during and after pregnancy experience a 7.3% increase in VO2max postpartum suggesting that pregnancy may improve exercise performance.

The increase in VO2 max was maintained at least 44 weeks postpartum and possibly further. VO2max is a measurement of your body’s ability to consume oxygen. It is particularly relevant during aerobic exercise because it means that your body can take in more oxygen and deliver it to your muscles, enabling you to run/walk/bike/swim faster for a given effort.

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