Pregnancy is one of the most significant events in women’s life. Everything in your life begins to change and unfortunately, so does your body. Staying fit and healthy during pregnancy is something that many women want to do, but they aren’t sure how. We know that trying to find safe exercises can be intimidating, but we’re here to help!
The Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy
Exercising during pregnancy has many benefits for both mom and baby. The benefits for mom include:
• Lower blood pressure
• Improved circulation
• Decreased risk for pre-term labor
• Increased possibility of a natural labor
• Lower risk of gestational diabetes
• Speed-up the labor process
• Encourage healing after delivery
If those benefits aren’t enough to convince you to start your fitness journey during pregnancy, check out these benefits for baby!
• Lower fetal heart rate
• Better tolerance to stress
• Improved birth weight
• Quicker behavioral development
The safest method of exercise for women who didn’t have a fitness routine before pregnancy is some form of low-impact cardio. Walking is an easy and free way to get your heart rate up. Each day take a brisk walk around your neighborhood. You should aim to increase the distance slowly you walk each day. Swimming is another low-impact exercise that many pregnant women enjoy. Rather you take an aerobic swim class or just swim laps, you’ll be getting a great workout without feeling worn out afterward!
Preparing for Delivery
Yoga is a great way to help prepare your body for delivery. You’ll be able to improve the flexibility and stamina of your muscles, making for more natural labor. You’ll also be able to focus on controlling your breathing and positively channeling your energy. Prenatal yoga classes are available, or you can choose to practice yoga at home with the help on online video instruction.
Squats and pelvic tilts are the final way we recommend that you prepare for your delivery. Both of these exercises can strengthen your pelvic floor and the surrounding muscles, which need to be very strong when you get ready to push!
You should speak with your doctor before beginning a new fitness regimen during pregnancy. For the best results, combine exercise with a healthy diet and plenty of sleep. It’s more important now than ever that you’re taking good care of your body. After all, you’re taking care of more than just yourself now!