Five Reasons Why You Should Exercise During Pregnancy

PregantTuesFive Reasons Why You Should Exercise During Pregnancy

It may seem counterintuitive to exert yourself during pregnancy, but exercise during this time is full of benefits. In most cases, exercise during pregnancy is safe and approved – especially if you were physically active before getting pregnant. Listen to your body; you likely need to exercise at a milder intensity then you did before pregnancy. If you were not physically active before being pregnant but would like to begin, speak with your doctor or midwife about low-impact activities such as walking, prenatal yoga, or swimming. Any exercise at all is beneficial to the health of you and your baby.

1 – Exercise helps you feel better

Your body is working overtime during pregnancy. Moderate exercise can help strengthen your body and increase endurance to meet the added physical strain of pregnancy. Pregnant women feel more tired, and exercise can offer a little energy boost. If you can make the time to exercise 30 minutes a day on most days of the week, it will help you sleep better, reduce backaches, swelling, and constipation, improve circulation, and feel better overall.

2 – Exercise can lead to shorter labor

The general fitness level of a woman in labor can reduce exhaustion, lead to shorter labor and fewer medical interventions during childbirth. Exercising regularly maintains muscle tone and strength – as well as an increase in endurance – all of which can help you prepare for giving birth to your baby.

3 – Exercise keeps weight off

The recommended weight gain during pregnancy is 25-35 pounds. While certainly possible, most professionals agree that any weight gained beyond 35 pounds during pregnancy is more difficult to lose after baby is born. Staying active throughout pregnancy can reduce that extra weight gain. Keep in mind that it’s not safe to exercise with the motive to lose weight at any time during pregnancy but should be postponed until after childbirth.

4 – Exercise improves your mood

Preparing and planning for a new baby in your life can definitely be exciting, but also stressful. There is so much change happening and it’s hard to know what to expect if you’ve never had a child before! That stress and anxiety can build up and sometimes make it difficult to stay positive during pregnancy. Frequent exercise works wonders to improve mood swings and reduce any stress.

5 – Exercise reduces the risk of gestational diabetes

During pregnancy, regular exercise can help prevent gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that affects some women during pregnancy. Exercise is also a great way to naturally help manage blood sugar levels, so your doctor could recommend you start some activity as a treatment for gestational diabetes.

Though there are so many reasons exercise during pregnancy is a great idea, there are cases where it could be detrimental to the health of you or your baby, so check with your doctor before beginning a fitness regimen. For example, if you are at high risk for preterm labor or have other health complications, you may need to be monitored closely during strenuous activity.

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