Exercising while Pregnant
Exercising while pregnant will not only benefit you – but also your baby. At PregActive, we continually promote the message that every woman is different and should design a program that suits their needs and requirements.
If you are unsure of what exercises you should or should not be doing, then I recommend you check out our online pregnancy workouts which you can do at home.
15 Reasons Why Exercising While Pregnant is Recommended.
1. Exercising while pregnant will help you maintain a healthy body weight
Weight gain during pregnancy will vary for each person. However, research has shown that you will put on less ‘unwanted’ weight if you exercise compared to if you were sedentary.
2. Exercising will help better prepare you post pregnancy
If you try to start exercising during post-pregnancy after having a long term break you will find it more difficult. Maintaining a regular workout program before and during pregnancy will be of great benefit to achieving your fitness goals post-pregnancy.
3. Exercising while pregnant will assist you during labour
Just talking to your friends you will quickly find out that labour varies in many ways from person to person. What we do know is that if you are fitter you will be better prepared for the physical requirements of going through labour.
4. Exercising will help improve your mood
Whether you are pregnant or not, we all know that exercising improves our mood. Exercising increases the release of feel-good brain chemicals called endorphins as well as calming chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin.
5. Exercising will help reduce injury
One of the most common complaints from women with a new baby is developing injuries to the back and shoulders.
While your little baby may only weight a few kilograms using the incorrect technique when lifting in and out of the cot can cause back problems. Exercising and strengthening your back can help to reduce injury.
6. Exercising can help you get back on track more quickly post pregnancy
If you remain inactive during pregnancy, you will find it more difficult to start a regular exercise program once your little baby has arrived. Staying fit and active during your pregnancy will help you get going post pregnancy.
7. Exercising while pregnant will help boost your energy levels
Exercising is a great way to boost your energy and stamina levels.
8. Exercising will help lower your gestational diabetes risk
Research has shown that women who have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy will have a higher chance of developing type II diabetes.
There are other contributing factors to developing diabetes (age, hormonal changes, genetics) so there are these additional factors out of your control. However, exercise may help reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes.
9. Exercising can help to boost your immune system
Participating in regular exercise helps to boost your immune system and reduce the risk of illness.
10. Exercising can help reduce swelling
Exercising can reduce leg swelling. During pregnancy you will likely experience greater swelling as your body retains more fluid. Exercise can reduce swelling by improving blood flow.
11. You may be less prone to morning sickness
Morning sickness will impact women in different ways. You may experience severe bouts of nausea or you may be fortunate enough to experience little. Pregnant women have often reported that exercise can help reduce nausea.
12. Exercising while pregnant may assist your sleep
There is no question you will be up every few hours feeding or looking after your baby. Women who exercise have reported that they can fall asleep faster and enjoy a higher quality of sleep when they do get to put their head down on the pillow. Exercise also helps you sleep by relieving stress and anxiety that could otherwise keep you awake.
13. Exercising can become a social gathering
Participating in an exercise program, whether at home or outside, you can meet and discuss your training with other expectant mums.
14. Exercising can assist with depression
Exercise can help boost energy, improve sleep, get some sunlight if exercising outside and improve your mood. Exercising during pregnancy may lower the risk of depression and anxiety.
15. Healthy Mother – Healthier Baby!
Research shows that when you exercise during pregnancy you may be helping your baby have a much lower heart rate.