Benefits of Exercising During Pregnancy

Exercise offers plenty of benefits both for you and your baby – if pregnancy complications do not hinder your ability to exercise throughout your pregnancy.

Exercise can help you:

Feel better – the changes that pregnancy does to your body can be overwhelming. Exercise can increase your sense of control and energy level. It also improves your mood and sense of well being by releasing endorphins [naturally occurring brain chemicals].

Apart form that, exercise can also –

  • Relieve backaches and improves your posture by strengthening and toning you back, butt, and thigh muscles.
  • Reduce constipation by speeding up the movement in your intestines.
  • Prevent wear and tear on the joints – which become loosened during pregnancy – by activating the lubricants in your joints.
  • Help you sleep better by relieving the stress and anxiety that keep you from getting a good night’s sleep.

Look better – exercise increases blood flow to the skin which gives you a healthy glow.

Prepare you and your body for birth – exercise can make your heart and muscles stronger, which can greatly ease labor and delivery. Having more control over your breathing can help you deal with the pain. And in case of an extended labor, increased endurance can help a lot.

Regain your pre-pregnancy body faster – you’ll gain less fat weight if you continue to exercise during your pregnancy [assuming that you exercise before getting pregnant. But do not try to lose weight by exercising during your pregnancy. Your goal is to maintain your fitness level throughout your pregnancy.

Lower you risk of certain diseases – some studies indicate that exercise may reduce your risk of complications such pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.

Source: Kids’Health.org