Benefits of exercise in pregnancy

WF pregnancy blog

Many women see pregnancy as a good opportunity to put the feet up, relax on the sofa and eat what they like for 10 months.  With morning sickness, tiredness, back ache and expanding baby bump, staying active might be the last thing on your mind. Unless medical contraindications or complications are present in pregnancy, pregnant women are encouraged to stay active for 30 minutes daily, most days of the week.  Activities/exercises include walking, swimming, strength training, pilates, yoga.  Moderation is key, and listen to your body.

 

Here are some typical benefits of exercise during pregnancy:

For the mother:

  • Better self image
  • Ease morning sickness
  • Boost energy levels
  • Minimize excess weight gain
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Better appetite control
  • Improved strength and endurance
  • Shorter labour and more strength to deliver the baby
  • Helps prevent complications, e.g. pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, large babies
  • Get back in shape quicker after baby is born

For the baby:

  • Healthier cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Healthy birth weight
  • Leaner at birth
  • Calmer and less likely to be irritated
  • Lower risk of obesity later in life

Remember, every pregnancy is different and it is very individual.  If you would like more advice or information on how to exercise safely during pregnancy, please do not hesitate to contact our personal trainer, who is specialised in pre and postnatal fitness, by filling the form below. Alternatively, send us an email: info@winniefitness.com

Enjoy a fit pregnancy!

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