Why you should exercise during pregnancy

Thrid trimester pregnancy workoutThe moment you find out that you’re pregnant is a major wake up call for most women. You might be accustomed to a lifestyle of 50-60 hour work weeks, getting a few hours of sleep per night and grabbing drinks with friends after work. Maybe you’re a smoker, enjoy fast food and don’t exercise regularly.

All of a sudden you say to yourself ‘now what?’ Everybody and their cousin is going to give you their expert advice on what you should do next. Rest assured that most of what you will hear is unqualified, but I’m here to clear up one myth for certain. You have probably heard, ‘when I was pregnant I never exercised and ate whatever I wanted and my child was just fine!’ Remember that every case is different, and some folks just get lucky. It is a fact that if you are obese (a body mass index or BMI of 30+), many pregnancy complications can arise. Many of these complications can be avoided by exercising regularly, and following proper nutritional guidelines. Some of these complications are:

  • Gestational Diabetes
  • High blood Pressure
  • Increased risk of neural tube defects
  • Preeclampsia
  • Increased risk for infection, thrombosis, overdue pregnancy, C-section, miscarriage

Why you should exercise during pregnancy

The list goes on and on. Now here are the benefits to working out at least 30 minutes on most, if not all days of the week throughout your pregnancy:

  • Helps to reduce backaches
  • Helps to reduce constipation
  • Helps to reduce bloating
  • Helps to reduce swelling
  • May prevent or treat Gestational Diabetes
  • Increased energy
  • Improves your mood
  • Improves your posture
  • Increases lean muscle, and endurance (something you may want when trying to give birth!)
  • Makes it considerably easier to get back your body after birth

I hope this helps to get you motivated to workout regularly or scares you enough to begin right away. If not for your sake, for your babies sake.

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