A resounding yes.
A soon-to-be-mom does not have to leave it all to her food choices to be healthy for herself and the growing bundle of joy inside her belly. Contrary to the popular belief that pregnant ladies should just be resting and keeping still in their homes, women who go through normal pregnancy can and should be physically active by doing simple exercise routines. Exercise will actually help mommies stay healthy and feel her best throughout her pregnancy.
“You need to be physically active during pregnancy. It has terrific benefits that are associated with a better pregnancy outcome and even shorter labors. It’s a win-win for baby and for mom,” said high-risk pregnancy expert Laura Riley, MD, spokeswoman for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and author of Pregnancy: You and Your Baby.
So mommies, if you haven’t changed your mind about exercising yet, maybe these benefits would help you make the choice to get moving.
Less Weight Gain and Diabetes Risk
According to the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, women who engage in exercise decrease their chances of acquiring pregnancy-related — or “gestational” — diabetes by at least 36%. Researchers also found that pregnant women who maintain an active lifestyle are more likely to be 1kg lighter than those who remain sedentary.
Naturally, pregnancy saps a pregnant woman’s energy. Exercise will help strengthen your cardiovascular system so you don’t easily tire while doing daily activities. Regular light exercise will help strengthen muscles, your body in turn will require less energy doing usual errands like grocery shopping or cleaning the house.
Less Constipation and Bloating
High progesterone levels due to pregnancy block up a woman’s digestive track, making it harder to expel food. But partnered with a high-fiber diet, exercise will keep mommy’s digestive track moving.
Improves Posture and Reduce Pregnancy Discomfort
Regular exercise keeps moms in good shape and eases her pregnancy pains. Stretches are good for back aches, swimming for stronger abdominal health, and walking helps blood circulation. Pregnancy can also take a toll on a woman’s posture since the weight of the baby pulls her down so it’s best to try simple yoga poses.
Stronger Heart for Baby
Pre-natal exercisers aren’t the only ones who have stronger heart from all those cardio training but also carry out on their babies too.
An expecting mom experiences a mixed bowl of emotions: excitement, ecstasy, even anxiety. She’s overwhelmed by all the things running through her mind and often, it’s her hormones causing all these. Exercise boosts serotonin level, a chemical that induces “happy and calming spirits” back to mommy so you could slow down and relax your mind.
There you have it moms! Remember that now you’re carrying a tiny human inside you, you have to take extra care of yourselves. A healthy and fit mom makes a healthy baby. So get your bodies moving and have a wonderful pregnancy ahead!