What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Yes, You Can Totally Exercise!

Pregnant women exercising in yoga matsExercise is crucial for overall health and weight loss, but more so when you’re pregnant. Yes, you heard that right. After all, you’re going to be exercising for two now. While your workouts might have been all about weight loss before your pregnancy, working out while pregnant could help keep you and your unborn child healthy and strong. So get your sneaker ready and get moving!

Benefits of Exercising While Pregnant

According to the American Pregnancy Association, studies have shown that moms-to-be who are active experience milder symptoms of pregnancy and all of these other benefits:

  • Reduces swelling, backaches, bloating, and constipation;
  • Increases energy;
  • Helps treat or prevent gestational diabetes;
  • Improves mood;
  • Better sleep;
  • Improves posture;
  • Promotes strength, endurance, and muscle tone; and
  • Some studies have likewise indicated that regular physical activity during pregnancy increases the chances of mothers delivering babies with substantially higher IQs.

Pregnant women exercising while sitting on gym ballsAn experienced personal trainer from a well-known personal training studio in Winchester adds that regular exercise would help keep you stay in shape during your pregnancy, help you deal better with labor pains, and make it much easier for you to get your pre-pregnancy body back. The American Pregnancy Association recommends that generally healthy pregnant ladies aim to get 30 minutes minimum, or moderately intense exercise at least every other day. In general, exercises that are safe for expectant moms include brisk walking, pilates, yoga, light weight training, moderately intense aerobics, as well as swimming and other water exercises.

Who Shouldn’t Exercise While Pregnant?

Majority of pregnant women in generally good health could do pregnancy-safe exercises, but those with chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or asthma should seek clearance from their doctor first. Women with pregnancy-related conditions including the following should also seek their doctor’s approval first:

  • Low placenta
  • Spotting or bleeding
  • Recurrent or threatened miscarriage
  • Weak cervix
  • A history of premature labor or births
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Generally healthy or not, however, it’s best to err on the side of caution so consult with your doctor before starting an exercise regimen.