Yes, you can — and should — exercise during pregnancy. Here’s how to stay fit while keeping your baby (and yourself) safe and healthy.
The research is pretty clear: Exercise during pregnancy offers tons of health benefits to you and your child, both now and down the road. It has been found that pregnant women who maintained physical activity levels gained 20% less weight while pregnant than those who remained inactive. Moreover, resistance training during pregnancy can substantially reduce maternal weight gain over the course of term. This is significant not only for health during pregnancy but also after childbirth. Being more active before/during your pregnancy has also been shown to accelerate postpartum weight loss.
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is the most common medical complication associated with childbirth, affecting up to 10% of all pregnancies. Compared to inactive women, those who exercise during pregnancy reduce their odds of acquiring GDM by 59%.
Exercise during the course of pregnancy can also help balance out common alterations in mood.
“Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t.”
– Elle Woods “Legally Blonde”
Studies also suggest that prenatal exercise actually can have positive impact on the fetus.
The children of women who perform exercise throughout the term have been found to exhibit signs of heightened attentiveness and discipline. Exercise increases blood volume and nutrient movement which in turn increases fetal nourishment during development.
Bonus: It has also been found that frequent exercisers experienced a shorter duration of active labor, a reduced incidence of cesarean delivery and shorter hospitalization afterwards.
Next week I will dive straight into How to Safely Maintain an Exercise Regime While Pregnant!
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