The Importance of Exercising Before You Are Pregnant
Exercise increases your chance of getting pregnant and better preparing your body to handle the physical changes that occur when you are pregnant! Women who are obese and those who do not exercise are more likely to have trouble getting pregnant.
The many benefits associated with exercising help to get you in shape and prime your body for conception.
There are so many reasons why you should be exercising well before you get pregnant. You will be able to better cope with the physical changes your body endures when you are pregnant as well as post-birth.
Your baby’s Health Depends on Your Good Health!
Being fit and healthy will also go a long way in contributing to a healthy baby! You will also be more likely to continue exercising until late in pregnancy if you already participate in a regular exercise program.
There are also psychological and emotional benefits to exercising before conception. Exercising has also been shown to help women cope emotionally with their pregnancy and better deal the physical changes that occur. Research shows that exercising before pregnancy can have a positive effect on your mood.
Consult Your Doctor First
Performing moderate intensity exercise before and during pregnancy is associated with many health benefits for you and your baby. You should always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program. There are some circumstances where your doctor may advise against certain exercises.
Exercise helps to maintain a healthy body weight. If you have had trouble with carrying excessive weight or being obese then reducing your weight to be within a healthy normal range will contribute to a healthy pregnancy.
Exercise During Pregnancy Will be Easier if You were Exercising Before You Are Pregnant
If you don’t exercise before getting pregnant then you will be less likely to exercise during pregnancy. While there is no problem starting exercise while pregnant, it will be a lot more difficult than if you have been exercising for a period of time before.
The health benefits of being fit and healthy prior to getting pregnant will also be passed on to your growing baby in the first trimester of pregnancy which is where a lot of the major development occurs in your womb.
Exercising before Your Get Pregnant Contributes to Reducing Pregnancy Problems
If you exercise before pregnancy you will have a lower risk of pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy). You will also move from pre-pregnancy to being pregnant with less concern about carrying excessive weight into your pregnancy.
Exercising Pre pregnancy Contributes to the Health of Your Baby
Not only are there benefits to you when you exercise, your efforts will also benefit your baby as they will be less likely to develop diabetes and obesity when they grow up.
It is a motivating factor knowing that when you exercise you are already helping your unborn baby to grow strong and healthy.
Don’t Forget to Keep-up Exercise during Pregnancy
Our PregActive exercise programs are designed to help you transition smoothly from pre-pregnancy to pregnancy and then onto post-birth. Performing our routines prior to getting pregnant will only help you to continue with these workouts when you are pregnant.
Tips for Before You Start Exercising When Pregnant:
1. Consult with your doctor first to assess for health conditions which might create exercise .risks (e.g. heart problems, unusually shaped feet).
2. Ask your doctor about hydration and nutrition whilst exercising.
3. Ask your doctor about protective clothing that will reduce the risk of injury.
4. Ask your doctor about exercises to avoid once pregnant.