It’s Good For Your Health
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Now what? Every woman has many questions when they enter this happy time in their life. One common question is, can I exercise during my pregnancy? The answer is, ABSOLUTELY! Exercise is an important component in a healthy and happy pregnancy. There are numerous maternal benefits to exercising during your pregnancy.
Reduced Weight Gain
Exercising during your pregnancy will help minimize weight gain. Studies show that, on average, women who exercise during their pregnancy gain 8 pounds less body fat than women who don’t exercise, while still staying well within the healthy zone. As long as there aren’t any complications, it is important to continue exercising throughout the pregnancy and after. Similar studies also found that women who stop exercising halfway through their pregnancy gain more weight than those who don’t exercise at all. This is because they often continue to consume the same amount of calories even though they are burning less calories.
Less Severe Symptoms of Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a beautiful time but can also be a very uncomfortable time. It can be difficult to continue your day as normal because of the symptoms that go along with pregnancy. Exercise helps your body adapt to the changes by reducing symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, and muscle cramps.
Do you feel tired all the time? You’re not alone! Your body is going through a lot of changes and it can be exhausting. It has been proven time and time again that exercising on a regular basis, especially during pregnancy, can help fight fatigue by boosting energy levels.
Cope With Physiological Changes
There are many physiological stresses that accompany a pregnancy. As your body shifts to make room for your baby, it can put a lot of stress on your back and hips. Strength training will help strengthen the muscles that support these areas and hold your body up. This will help alleviate pain as your body goes through these postural changes because it won’t be such a big stress to just stand for a prolonged period of time.
Shorter and Less Complicated Labors
Women that exercise during their pregnancy tend to have an easier time with labor. Studies found that active women had shorter labors as well as lower rates of C- sections. They were also able to handle the stress of labor better than women who didn’t exercise because their body had a higher tolerance for exertion.
Easier Recovery Postpartum
What happens after? Exercising during pregnancy can speed up your recovery. It is easier for women who exercised to get their pre-baby body back because they already have those habits in place. The last thing you will want to do as a new mom is try to take on something else that is brand new. Start early!
Your Pregnancy Aid
As you can see, exercising during pregnancy has countless benefits for the expectant mother. Increased energy, decreased nausea and back pain, as well as, less complicated labors are only a few of the many benefits of exercise. Pregnancy is an exciting time and you want to remain as worry free as possible. Talk to one of our trainers today to learn more about setting up a prenatal exercise program.
Hyatt, Gwen, and Catherine Cram. Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise Design. Tucson, AZ: Desert Southwest Fitness Center for Continuing Education, 2016. Print.
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