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:
Exercise increases levels of seratonin, a brain chemical linked to (happier) moods.
Labor requires stamina and focus, so the fitter you are the more endurance you’ll have when you’ll need it most.
One of those unfortunate side affects of pregnancy, constipation can be eased with exercise, which accelerates movement in your intestines.
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.
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).
Pregnancy is a joyful and a stressful time – exercise helps keep those mood dips in check.
Pregnancy brings many aches and pains with it. Exercise helps alleviate back pain and strain as your belly grows.
Exercise increases the blood flow to your skin, so that pregnancy glow of yours will be even more radiant.
Savor this time for yourself – it’s the last time you’ll enjoy an hour to yourself before your baby is born.
Exercise is a good way to prepare your body for the physical strain of labor so your post-labor recovery time could be shorter.
- 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- During pregnancy, your resting heart rate increases, making pre-pregnancy heart rate targets during exercise no longer applicable.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.