If you’re pregnant, don’t use it as an excuse to stay put (unless your doctor asks you to). The more you move around during pregnancy, the better it is for you and your baby. Here are the top 10 benefits of exercising during pregnancy:
- You’re less likely to become overweight
Women gain a lot of weight during pregnancy and that’s natural. However, gaining too much weight can lead to several complications such as gestational diabetes. Research shows that women who exercise during pregnancy put on lesser weight than those who don’t work out, while still staying within the healthy weight-gain range.
- May lead to easier Labor and Delivery
Moderate work-outs during pregnancy can give you strong abs and a fit cardiovascular system. This means you have more stamina to push during labor. A study found that women who regularly participated in prenatal water aerobics were 58 percent less likely to request pain medication during labor than non-exercisers.
- Lowers Risk for Gestational Diabetes
High blood sugar during pregnancy can put you at risk for gestational diabetes. This may lead to developing type II diabetes in the decade after delivering. It also raises the odds of preterm labor or having an overweight baby. Exercising can cut this risk by as much as 27 percent and even delay your need for insulin or other medications.
- Less likely to get Constipation
The intestinal tract in pregnant women often suffers due to high progesterone levels and a growing uterus. This may lead to constipation and other gastrointestinal complications. Exercise, along with a high-fiber diet, can keep your digestive system in good health.
- Enjoy more Flexibility
Relaxin, a pregnancy hormone, helps loosen your pelvic joints in preparation for delivery. It also helps relax the rest of your joints. Stretches, such as those done in light exercising or prenatal yoga workouts can help you enjoy more flexibility during and after labor.
- You’re likely to Avoid Interventions
Many pregnant women need intervention to assist their delivery. However, research has found that regular exercising can reduce the need of forceps delivery by 75 percent and episiotomy by 55 percent. Also, women who exercise during pregnancy are four times less likely to have a Cesarean section.
- You’re likely to be fitter in your 40s.
A study conducted on women, 20 years after delivery found that those who exercised throughout pregnancy were fitter in their middle age. They could run two miles, 2 ½ minutes faster than those who’d taken a workout break while pregnant. Continuous exercisers were also more like to exercise more in their 40s.
- You may experience a shorter labor
A study found that women who continued training throughout their pregnancy experienced active labor for 4 hours and 24 minutes, compared with 6 hours and 22 minutes for those who’d quit training early on. This shows that women who delivered vaginally were more comfortable if they exercised during pregnancy.
- You might experience faster recovery
Compared with new moms who were inactive during pregnancy, those who actively trained during pregnancy experienced faster recovery after labor. Those who exercised are more likely to socialize, enjoy hobbies and entertainment post-baby. They just seem to cope better with the demands of new motherhood.
- You might lower the risk of premature birth
By exercising during pregnancy, you might avoid preeclampsia – a complication that involves high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine. About 5 to 8 percent of pregnant women develop it during pregnancy. Staying active can help lower the risk of premature birth that is associated with preeclampsia.
So ladies, remember to stay active when you’re carrying. Talk to our doctors at KIMS Cuddles for any suggestions regarding diet and exercise during pregnancy.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.