Mama, You’re amazing!

Baby bump photo by Amberlight Images

Our body’s ability to grow new life has always amazed me, and new research proves just how amazing our bodies are!

Mama-to-be, how are you feeling? Are you experiencing that pregnancy glow, or just tired and slightly uncomfortable? However you are feeling today, you may be reassured to know that you are one of the elite! Your body is incredible and new research confirms this!

Women who are expecting a baby are living at the extremes of human endurance. Their bodies are working at a level comparable to the energy expenditure of an elite athlete; a marathon runner or Tour De France competitor!

In a new study of energy expenditure, researchers found that humans can only burn calories at 2.5 times their resting metabolic rate. This maximum energy expenditure found amongst endurance athletes is similar to the metabolic rates women sustain during pregnancy.

Pregnancy bump photo Amberlight Images Wirral

This limit to the amount of energy the human body can cope with is pushed by pregnancy, as well as elite athletes! So new Mama’s… be proud of your amazing body and what it has just achieved!

You are incredible!

Black & white photo of newborn baby by Amberlight Images

Research credit: Duke University NC