For most people, exercise during pregnancy is completely safe and even healthy for both parent and baby. Maintaining a regular exercise routine will have you feeling your best throughout your pregnancy.
If you were physically active before you got pregnant, you should be able to continue being active even during your pregnancy, albeit in moderation. This moderate exercise will help improve your posture, decrease the severity of common issues like fatigue and backaches, help relieve stress, and build the stamina needed for labor and delivery.
As long as you do not exercise at the same level you used to, you should be fine. Just do what feels comfortable for you in your state. If in doubt, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program during pregnancy.
If you never exercised regularly before getting pregnant, you can still start exercising during your pregnancy. I would even say it is even more important for you to start an exercise routine to prepare you for labor. I like to remind people that giving birth is called ‘labor’ not easy time. Meaning that it requires you to prepare for this and part of that preparation is setting up an exercise routine for yourself. Start with simple activities like walking which should be completely safe for you to attempt.
Please note, there are certain pregnancy conditions and complications that anyone experiencing them is not advised to exercise, including:
• Spotting or bleeding
• Recurrent miscarriage
• Low placenta
• History of early labor or previous premature birth
• Weak cervix
• Severe anemia
If you have any of these conditions and want to exercise, your doctor will provide a personalized exercise routine that will be safe for people with your condition.
Benefits of exercising during pregnancy
1. It is important for a healthy body and mind. Exercising will give you an energy boost and help you feel good while also keeping you fit.
2. It will help you gain the right amount of weight during your pregnancy.
3. It is essential if you want to help ease common pregnancy discomforts like back pains, fatigue, constipation, and swelling of the legs and feet.
4. It will help you sleep better.
5. Exercise is a great stress reliever.
6. It will also help reduce the risk of certain pregnancy complications like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.
7. It helps reduce the risk of having a cesarean delivery.
8. It prepares your body for the labor process and the strain of birth by boosting your strength and energy levels. Some activities like yoga can also help you practice your breathing and become calmer, which in turn will help you better manage labor pains.
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