Are you scared of working out whilst pregnant? Or simply not sure how to proceed? Everything seems slightly more daunting once you’re carrying and creating a whole other person.
In this article I will give you specific advice, tips and strategies for working out while pregnant. Ensuring that you, and your baby, are safe. Not only that but you will both benefit.
Benefits of Working Out While Pregnant
It is clear that everyone, not just you but your baby, and probably your partner and other kids will benefit from you working out while pregnant. If you’re sleeping better and feel less stress, you can guarantee everyone in the household is going to feel better.
How you benefit from working out while pregnant:
- Reduced incidence of lower back pain
- 30% reduction in the risk of gestational diabetes
- Reduced likelihood of unplanned cesarian
- Lower incidence and reduce severity of depression
- Less pregnancy weight gain
- Lower risk of urinary incontiennce
- Reduced pregnancy constipation
- Less pregnancy tiredness
- May have a shorter labour
How your baby benefits from working out while pregnant:
- A healthier heart
- Normal birth weight
- Quicker neurological development
- Reduced risk of respiratory distress syndrome (for infants of high-risk women)
- Less maternal stress could reduce impact on immune system development
Instant Big-Rocks for Working out While Pregnant
Before we get cracking into what really will benefit, here are some instant ‘big-rocks’ when it comes to working out while pregnant.
Safety first: Check with your midwife
Each person and pregnancy is individual – and as I”m not speaking to you in person, the first pre-qualifier is that you check with your doctor that you’re ok to work out while pregnant. In certain circumstances, it is not recommended due to potential complications arising from exercise.
If you’re new to exercising or have just fallen pregnant do check with your GP or midwife before commencing or recommencing your exercise program.