It is a well-known fact that exercising is good for the body. During pregnancy, exercise can have added benefits. Start off slowly with gentle exercises as your body has to adapt to the changes.
Too much exercise can affect the blood circulation and women should take it easy while exercising. Women who are used to regular heavy-duty exercise should also reduce the intensity of the workout, focusing on their overall health and well-being.
The most popular and safest exercise for pregnant women is swimming and yoga. Weight lifting can be done provided the weights are not too heavy. You can exercise around three to four times a week while pregnant.
Check with your doctor if it is okay for you to exercise or if you have any medical problem that prevents you from exercising. It is very good to exercise during pregnancy unless advised otherwise. Let’s look at how exercising helps during pregnancy.
Regular exercise can help speed up your delivery and reduce the time taken for recovery. This is because exercising helps improve your stamina and strengthens your body.
You are in better spirits after exercising as it boosts your mood. Your overall mental health improves, reducing stress and anxiety, and there is lesser incidence of post partum depression too. Exercise helps you get through your pregnancy period in good spirits. It also helps you sleep better.
Exercising during pregnancy helps you lose weight faster post delivery. This is a primary concern among most pregnant women. If you are fit and healthy, so is your baby.
Therefore, by exercising, you are also maintaining the health of your baby. Exercise helps prevent a lot of aches and ailments associated with pregnancy such as backaches, constipation, swelling of feet, lack of sleep, and tiredness. It helps to reduce the risk of the baby being born prematurely by about fifty percent.
When you exercise, make sure you exercise extreme caution. If you feel nauseous or dizzy, experience any pain or bleeding, stop immediately and contact your physician. Drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food. Do not over exercise and take breaks in between exercises.