I am amazed on how many hear the word 'pregnant' and automatically shut off any thought to exercise.
Some might feel that it's pointless as they only attribute exercise to 'appearance' and 'weight loss' when in fact, the focus should be more on health for the Mum and the baby.
But the reason why Mum's don't exercise during pregnancy, is because most Mum's believe rest is best and they are scared of doing anything. This is understandable because miscarriages can happen and you don't want to do or try anything that could have any possibility of this occurring.
But the question remains, Is exercising during pregnancy safe?
Overall and in most cases, exercise is completely safe during pregnancy. In fact, you will by most health professionals, it is strongly encouraged to undertake physical activity.
But what? Again, most Mum's don't know what to do as their body is changing and once again, terrified. Again, this is completely understandable.
Let me give you real facts to put your mind at ease.
If you were physically active before you were pregnant, it is very likely safe to remain active during pregnancy.
For example, if you were running 10km before you were pregnant, unless there is some form of complication with the pregnancy, you can still run 10km during your 1st trimester.
Naturally, you will struggle and look to decrease as you start becoming more and more pregnant. But as long as you aren't overheating, it is still safe.
Of course I highly recommend that you seek professional advice as every pregnancy is different, but the likelihood of you being able to exercise very similar to what you did prior to pregnancy, is high.
If you haven't exercised at all prior to pregnancy, this does make it harder, however simple routines, gentle yoga, focusing on pelvic floor and walking is permitted, unless advised otherwise by your health professional.
One safety measure, is you. Therefore, make sure you feel comfortable and don't 'push on' like your coach (or yourself) tells you to. This isn't about weight loss anymore, this is about remaining healthy for you and your baby.
Another good reason to continue exercising during pregnancy is that, stats have shown Mums-to-be who exercise daily during pregnancy, are 70% more likely to return back to their original weight, within 6 months after the delivery of your baby.
Another common myth that I hear is that exercise is dangerous and puts you at risk for miscarriage. As of today, there is no statistical evidence that points to this, and in fact, there is evidence that points to the contrary.
Therefore, exercise does not put you at risk for miscarriage in a normal pregnancy, however, once again if you are new to exercise, I strongly recommend speaking to a health professional who can help map out your program during and after your pregnancy.
Most importantly, I highly recommend that you commit and speak with a health professional who can guide you through your pregnancy journey and who can map out a step-by-step plan for you that's easy to follow.
The general rule is exercising for 20-30 minutes on most, or all, days can greatly benefit your health during pregnancy. The important thing is to be active and get your blood flowing.
To have success in completing exercises during pregnancy, it is a good idea to plan the days and times during the week when you will exercise. Prenatal yoga is a great, low impact exercise that can be highly beneficial during and after pregnancy.
Here are some of the benefits from exercise during pregnancy you may experience:
• Helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling
• May help prevent, or treat, gestational diabetes
• Increases your energy
• Improves your mood
• Improves your posture
• Promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance
• Helps you sleep better
Regular activity also helps keep you fit during pregnancy and may improve your ability to cope with labor.
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