Just like many other questions that plagues one during pregnancy, one is around exercise. Should I exercise during pregnancy? Is it really necessary? Which exercises are safe during pregnancy? What should you avoid doing during pregnancy? We will try and answer some of these in this blog.
Exercise is always good for body, mind and soul: and more so, when you are pregnant. Remember, the changing body will make you feel slothful and moody, and exercise can help with both. In fact, being active and fit will make it easier for you to adapt to your changing shape and weight gain. It will also help you during labour, and in getting back into shape after you have had the baby.
However, the key in pregnancy is to be in tune with your body and pay heed to what it tells you. In case you have been exercising, you can easily keep up your normal daily exercise as long as you are comfortable doing it, and your doctor hasn’t asked you to stop. If you want to start an exercise routine (most of us turn to prenatal yoga and gentle meandering walks as we dream of the baby) after you become pregnant, do discuss the idea with your obstetrician, who will, in all probability, encourage you to exercise.
Here are some of the known benefits from exercise during pregnancy:
- Exercising helps reduce backaches which can really plague your third trimester. Gentle stretching exercises are the best for this.
- In case you are suffering from gastric upsets like constipation or bloating, exercise will help alleviate the symptoms apart from giving immediate relief.
- Exercise may help prevent gestational diabetes, and help control blood sugars in diabetics.
- Remember, during your pregnancy, the hormonal changes will have you feeling low on energy. Exercise helps increase your energy levels, and makes you feel more in control of your body
- You will also notice that exercising improves your mood as well. Exercising releases the happy hormones, called “endorphins” which lead to an overall feeling of wellbeing.
- Regular exercise will help improve your posture which can really help, as your growing belly means your center of gravity is shifting, and you are more prone to falls.
- Exercising promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance, which is always a good idea, pregnant or not.
- You will also find that gentle exercise will help you sleep better while you are pregnant.
- Labour is said to be easier, and chances of having a natural birth higher, if you exercise regularly.
There is no reason to not exercise during your pregnancy, unless you have so been advised by your obstetrician. Remember, you will always feel lethargic before you start, but if you overcome this initial roadblock, you will love your exercise routine, especially since you know it will help you during your pregnancy and childbirth, and in getting back in shape after the birth.
If you are not used to exercising in general, we recommend start with a daily walk routine. Infact make it a quality us time between you and your partner. You will both enjoy and cherish this time.
This will also help keep your Husband's/partner' s weight in check which can otherwise drastically increase during your pregnancy. So this literally is killing 2 birds with one stone!
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