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Pregnancy Exercise Benefits: Top reasons why to workout while pregnant

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a novice or a gym rat – moderate workouts while pregnant can have wonderful affects on your body both during and after pregnancy.

Top 10 benefits of pregnancy exercise:

  • Mood lifting

    Exercise increases levels of seratonin, a brain chemical linked to (happier) moods.

  • Birth prep

    Labor requires stamina and focus, so the fitter you are the more endurance you’ll have when you’ll need it most.

  • Reduce constipation

    One of those unfortunate side affects of pregnancy, constipation can be eased with exercise, which accelerates movement in your intestines.

  • Weight control

    It’ll be easier for you to return to your pre-pregnancy weight after your baby is born since you’ll gain less body fat from exercising.

  • Maintain fitness

    If you were a regular exerciser before pregnancy, you’ll have an easier time staying in shape if you continue to exercise throughout your pregnancy (even though it’s less strenuous).

  • Reduce stress

    Pregnancy is a joyful and a stressful time – exercise helps keep those mood dips in check.

  • Pain reducer

    Pregnancy brings many aches and pains with it. Exercise helps alleviate back pain and strain as your belly grows.

  • Self-image booster

    Exercise increases the blood flow to your skin, so that pregnancy glow of yours will be even more radiant.

  • Me-time

    Savor this time for yourself – it’s the last time you’ll enjoy an hour to yourself before your baby is born.

  • Easier recovery

    Exercise is a good way to prepare your body for the physical strain of labor so your post-labor recovery time could be shorter.

Safety Reminders:

  • The change in your hormones during pregnancy such as relaxin, causese your ligaments to soften and increase your risk of joint injuries.
  • As your belly grows your center of gravity changes, which will affect your balance. Also, the weight gain puts greater strain on your joints and muscles.
  • During pregnancy, your resting heart rate increases, making pre-pregnancy heart rate targets during exercise no longer applicable. During the second trimester your blood pressure will drop so it’s important to avoid activities that involve sudden changes of position.
  • Never exercise so hard that you’re puffing and panting – your growing baby needs oxygen.
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