Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, you may already be feeling its effects- swollen ankles, inability to walk up the steps without gasping for air, a couple of extra layers of fluff on your arms and legs…you know the “fun” parts of pregnancy. Well, if you’ve already read this post on exercising while pregnant or this one on safe pregnancy cardio, you already know a few moves to keep you fit and active during those nine months. But, what are some real health benefits for you and baby?
- lower risk for gestational diabetes
- less weight gain
- improved muscle tone
- lower risk of varicose veins
- decreased low back pain
- improved self-esteem
- better sleep
If those aren’t enough good reasons to start moving, according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, regular exercise has also been shown to improve the labor process and baby’s delivery by decreasing the risk of C-section, lower the risk of induction, decreased possibility of a episiotomy, decreased use of anesthesia, and decreased risk for preterm delivery. So, don’t be afraid that you will hurt the baby if you exercise during pregnancy. Although this is a common concern, exercise, if done under a doctor’s care, helps to enhance the pregnancy experience for both you and baby.
Do yourself and your precious baby a favor by staying active. You will not only feel good, but you will also be doing good for your baby.
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