Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy

Expectant moms often worry that exercise during pregnancy could harm their health or that of their developing baby. However, if a pregnant woman is otherwise healthy, undergoes regular prenatal check-ups with her OBGYN and is not considered a high-risk pregnancy, then there is absolutely nothing harmful about working out according to Carlene Steenekamp -pre and postnatal exercise specialist.

Numerous studies clearly show that pre-natal exercise offers numerous health benefits for mom and baby. These include less weight gain during and more rapid weight loss once you’ve given birth. Women who train during pregnancy also tend to have easier pregnancies and fewer complications at birth. Being very fond of the weight rack myself, I was tentative to keep on hitting the weights room. After my first few sessions however I realised my body will set the pace as long as I moderated weight and intensity.

Benefits of exercise during pregnancy

Other health benefits of exercise during pregnancy also includes:

• Decreased recovery time postpartum
• Prepares your body for labour and child birth
• Increases energy levels
• Reduce Lower back and pubic bone pain
• Reduced risk of medical complications such as pregnancy-related(gestational) diabetes, pregnancy induced hypertension, varicose veins and haemorrhoids
• Improves blood flow which can reduce swelling and water retention
• Baby also benefits as exercise during pregnancy reduces the risk of childhood obesity

So; don’t be scared to still enjoy your aerobics class, yoga session or squat rack. Having said that however; pregnancy is also not the time to get fit or lean. You are purely exercising for the health benefits to you and your little one. Keep at maintenance level so don’t set strenuous goals. Keep the triathlons, bikini comps and marathons on ice for now😊

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