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10 advantages of exercising during pregnancy

One would like to remain active even when one is pregnant. Exercise has positive results for the mother and child. Some women experience greater fatigue in the first trimester, and therefore it is better to exercise to maintain energy levels and cause exhaustion in one’s body.

1. Decreased weight gain for the mother and babies tend to be leaner
2. Improved self-esteem
3. Decreased varicose veins
4. Decreased incidence of low back pain
5. Decreased risk of preterm delivery
6. Improved sleep
7. May help prevent or treat gestational diabetes
8. Shorter labor and fewer medical interventions required during labor and delivery
9. Higher Apgar Scores, which is a health assessment of the baby just after birth
10. Higher intelligence scores for babies born to pregnant mothers who exercised regularly

What should you watch out for?

If one feels dizzy, short of breath, experience vaginal bleeding or leakage, one notice decreased fetal movement, feels a rapid heartbeat or chest pain and has to contact one’s OB immediately.
One must be aware of questions related to pregnancy & exercising.
Physical therapy can indeed help one stay active during one’s pregnancy or even relieve pain.

One must meet the physical therapist to discuss matters regarding exercise during pregnancy. Professional help does matter.

At one time exercising during pregnancy was considered to be a taboo. Now, healthy pregnant women are indeed encouraged to continue a modified fitness program in order to prepare them for the demands of labor as well as caring for a newborn baby.

For women who have never exercised before conceiving, there’s much to be gained from adopting an appropriate exercise program while pregnant, and beyond.

While frequent trips to the bathroom throughout the night, weight gain and hormonal changes will often have one feeling frazzled during pregnancy, there are many benefits of regular exercise during pregnancy.

Benefits of exercise during pregnancy

Lifts one’s spirits – exercise boosts levels of serotonin, a brain chemical linked to mood, placing one in better spirits.

Prepare one’s body for childbirth – labor does require stamina, focus and also plenty of determination; the fitter one is, the better-equipped one will be for giving birth.

Reduce constipation – by moving more one will accelerate movement in one’s intestine.

Faster return to pre-pregnancy based healthy weight – one will gain less body fat, thus making it easier to lose the excess kilos once the baby is born.

Sleep better – exercise can also assist in managing restlessness and also disturbed sleep during one’s pregnancy.

Maintain a level of fitness – if one were a regular exerciser before becoming pregnant, one will be keen to stay in shape.

Reduce stress – pregnancy is both an enjoyable as well as stressful time and exercise can indeed temper the emotional rollercoaster.

Reduce one’s pregnancy discomfort – exercise can also help manage one’s back pain and also strain as one’s belly grows.

Improve one’s self-image – exercise increases the blood flow to one’s skin, thus giving one a healthy glow.

Self-time: – it will be the last time one can enjoy one exercise high without having to coordinate babysitters and also sleep at times once the baby is born.

• One indeed needs to prepare for the physical strain of labor
• Quicker post-labor recovery time

Keep exercise during pregnancy safe by remembering:

• During pregnancy, the way one’s body does respond to exercise is actually different. During pregnancy, change in hormones, such as levels of relaxing, does indeed cause one’s ligaments to soften and can also increase one’s risk of joint injuries.

• With one’s belly growing, one’s center of gravity will indeed have changed and will also affect one’s balance. This extra weight gain – which is usually between 10-15 kilograms, does put a lot of strain on one’s joints as well as muscles.

• During pregnancy, one’s resting heart rate does increase thus making pre-pregnancy heart rate targets during exercise no longer applicable. During the second trimester of one’s pregnancy, one’s blood pressure will come down. It is also important to avoid activities that involve sudden changes of position.

• Never exercise so hard that one is left puffing as well as panting – as the growing baby does need oxygen and could be at risk.

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