Does it make sense to stop or to start an exercise program during pregnancy?
Here are 7 great benefits to pregnancy exercise-
1. Boosts energy
As I’m learning, pregnancy can sap your energy, but regular exercise can help you get through a busy work day. Exercise strengthens cardiovascular system, so you don’t tire as easily. My physician says it is safe to take part in 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise every day.
2. Sleep better
Now I’m not carrying an extra 15 or 20 lbs yet but when I do it will be a bit uncomfortable trying to get comfortable enough to get some sleep. But exercise will work off any excess energy and tire me out to put me in a deeper sleep. Hopefully!
3. Reduce pregnancy discomfort
Exercise strengthens and stretches your muscles, which helps your body cope better with the aches and pains of pregnancy. Stretching eases back pain, walking improves circulation, and swimming can strengthen your abdominal muscles.
4. Prepares you for childcare
Apparently the better shape you are in, the stronger you will become for labor and delivery time. Not that I know anything about what delivery and labor is like-I just think it may ease the pain a bit if I have more energy and feel strong enough to give it a few good pushes!
5. Reduces stress
Holy hormones! They just come in and take over with no warning. Whether you are crying at a commercial, snapping at your co-worker, or feeling overwhelmed with joy…..Exercise is known to lift spirits. It boosts levels of serotonin, a brain chemical linked to mood, putting you in better spirits.
6. Improve self-image
It’s hard looking down and noticing all the weight you are gaining. In one aspect, yes it’s amazing that your belly is growing and you are expanding and giving this baby a comfortable, roomy place to hang out for the next nine months. When the scale goes from 118 to 128 to 138, it can leave you feeling anything but attractive! So exercise improves your odds of gaining more weight than needed in your pregnancy and possibly even giving you that pregnancy glow.
7. Getting your body back faster after childbirth
I know people who have 10 year olds, 15 year olds, and still blame their weight on the baby. I kind of feel that after that many years it is no longer baby weight and it’s more or less your diet and exercise-or lack there of. At some point it is your laziness and you can’t blame it on the baby anymore. If you’re exercising throughout pregnancy, you will bounce back much quicker and get your body back or better than it was before pregnancy. So 10 years down the road you aren’t blaming it on baby fat 🙂