Why Exercise Is So Important During Pregnancy
Exercising isn't for everyone and even more so for pregnant women, who are experiencing a tough pregnancy.
But, In fact, it's the perfect time to get active and get yourself a safe exercise routine to do throughout your pregnancy, as it has so many benefits not only for you but for your baby as well!
- What Staying Active In Pregnancy Will Do For You!
- All The Benefits For Your Baby
- The Best Exercises To Keep Fit In Pregnancy
- Precautions You Should Take Whilst Exercising
10 Benefits Of Exercise In Pregnancy
🤰🏼 Reduces complications during pregnancy
Without exercising during pregnancy, you may have a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes and an increased risk of a high pulse rate and blood pressure.
🤱🏽 Lowering the odds of complications in labour
Your body is preparing throughout your whole pregnancy for labour and with exercise, it can build up your muscle strength to be able to literally push through labour and decrease any chances of having an emergency C-section.
↑ Speeds Up Postpartum Recovery
It's said that women who regularly exercise throughout their pregnancy have the tendency to bounce back to their pre-pregnancy bodies quicker than a woman who didn't exercise at all.
It will help you recover quicker after birth not just with your body but mentally as well.
🤕 Eases All Them Aches And Pains
I hate to be the one to tell you, but sitting around during your pregnancy won't make them aches and pains any better! It's time to get up and move as the benefits of exercise are incredible!
It relieves backaches and improves your posture while strengthening and toning muscles in your back, glutes, and thighs.
😁 Gets Them Endorphins Flowing!
During pregnancy, you will go through so many different emotions. One day you may feel on top of the world and the next the complete opposite. On those kinds of days, there is nothing better than doing some physical activity to get the endorphins flowing and getting your energy levels up!
Research shows that having a happy and healthy mind throughout pregnancy will help you through the baby blues once your little bundle of joy has arrived!
😴 Improves your sleep!
Getting enough sleep is so vital during pregnancy and if you are struggling to drift off to sleep peacefully, then exercise will be your best friend!
Sleep deprivation can cause you to feel tired and agitated. It is so important that you are getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night because once your baby is here, say goodbye to a full night's sleep for a while.
⚖️ Keeps The Excess Weight Off
As you probably would have guessed by now, exercise is great for absolutely everything. It will help keep that excess weight off to help you feel like a healthy mummy to be!
Throughout pregnancy, you will gain a healthy weight anywhere between 10 - 12 kilograms, mostly all after the 20th week.
This weight gain is due to your baby growing and your body storing fat to be able to produce breast milk.
However, with all the changes that are happening to your body, you may want to consider keeping that unnecessary weight off, so you can feel great and also it gives you a better chance for a safe and healthy labour.
😌 Great For Focusing On Your Breath
During exercise, you are made to focus on your breath.
Hypnobirthing is a pain management technique used in labour that focuses on pushing through each contraction with deep breathing and relaxation.
If you are planning on using this method to help you get through labour, you don't just have to practice at your hypnobirthing classes, but also when you are working out!
🌟 You, Will Glow, Not Only From The Inside But Outside Too!
Are you after that pregnancy glow? Research suggests exercise increases blood flow to your skin, enhancing that pregnancy glow!
It won't only make you feel better, but you will be calm and more relaxed too.
⏰ Your Labour Maybe Shorter
In recent studies, it shows that women who regularly exercised throughout their pregnancy spend less time in labour compared to someone who didn't exercise whilst they were pregnant.
If that's not a reason to break a sweat, I don't know what is!
Benefits For Your Baby
Having a healthy baby is every parent's wish. While your baby is in the womb for the 9 months you are pregnant, it is important to have a healthy lifestyle, not only for you but for them.
❤️ Better Heart Health
Studies show that exercising during pregnancy can help your baby develop an even better heart. Pregnant women who worked out at least 30 minutes a day, three days a week, had lower heart rates than women who didn't.
During their baby's one-month check-up, they too also found that their baby's heart rate was at a healthy level.
🥇 Athlete Child
It's said that children whose mums exercised when they were pregnant have more of an active lifestyle than those who didn't.
That means, your child could be the next athlete to run a marathon or even maybe win an Olympic medal one day?
🧠 Smarty Pants
Do you want your child to have the brains of the family? Studies show that women who exercised regularly have children with a higher IQ than those who didn't.
Our Top Exercises We Recommend!
We recommend that keeping active during pregnancy for at least 30 minutes per day will keep you and your baby fit and healthy throughout pregnancy. Remember to listen to your body and do what feels best for you.
Swimming is a great exercise to do throughout pregnancy. Not only will it make you feel weightless, giving you some much-needed relief from those aches and pains, but it is a great way to move your body in a safe activity!
We recommend trying out some water aerobic activities or gentle laps of the pool to get the endorphins flowing.
Pregnancy yoga is the trendy go-to exercise activity at the moment but we sure can tell you why.
Yoga has so many benefits not just during pregnancy but all the time. You can even use our BABYGO birthing ball to support you in your yoga practices.
It can improve your sleep, reduces any stress and anxiety you may be experiencing, increases your overall flexibility and muscle strength which is most needed during labour, and lets you really connect with your baby.
Pilates is a safe exercise at every stage of pregnancy, meaning you can adapt to what you feel most comfortable doing.
These exercises are low impact but it keeps your heart rate at a steady pace, as you do not want to be out of breath when you are pregnant, as it can cause stress on your baby.
If you're not so much for breaking a sweat or are starting your fitness journey whilst you are pregnant, try going on long walks or even better power walking.
Walking will keep your mood boosted whilst also helping to keep you in good physical condition.
🙅🏽♀️ What To Consider When Exercising During Pregnancy
- Avoid all contact sports where you are at risk of falling over and potentially landing on your stomach.
- Don’t exercise for more than 45 minutes at a time.
- Don’t let yourself get too hot whilst you are exercising.
- Make sure you are keeping hydrated!
- Don’t do exercises in which you lie flat on your back after 16 weeks.
- Don’t exercise at high altitudes without acclimatizing first.