Pregnancy is Endurance

Updated: Sep 26, 2019

Did you see the research recently that proved that when pregnant our bodies operate extremely close to the the upper limit of human endurance?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Researchers @dukeuniversitystudied endurance athletes (people who ran 3,000 miles over 140 days) and found that their body's maximum energy expenditure over a sustained period was 2.5 times the body's resting metabolic rate (so our body's energy expenditure at rest, i.e. functions to survive - breathing, circulation, digestion, cell production etc). However when they also looked at pregnant women they found that at our peak we operate at 2.2 times this rate, which is incredibly close to the limit the human body can cope with.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So next time you think 'wow pregnancy is exhausting' - YES, YES IT IS! You're putting your body through an incredible feat of endurance to keep yourself functioning whilst growing an amazing little human. So pregnant women I salute you, you're amazing 💙💖 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀



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