Working out while pregnant is always a scary topic, especially for first-time mothers. However, there are many benefits to working out while pregnant that will help with not only your health but your baby’s health too.
But is it safe?
In most cases, working out while pregnant is safe and is even recommended. If you were active before pregnancy, it is usually safe to continue to work out during pregnancy.
However, now is not the time to exercise for weight loss. During pregnancy, your body will naturally gain weight and it is not a good idea to mess with this process. You should be exercising for health.
Always consult your healthcare professional before starting a new exercise regime while pregnant.
Benefits of working out while pregnant
· Energy levels. During pregnancy, your body is putting a lot of effort into helping your baby grow, so regular exercise can help to boost your energy levels and help you feel more fresh and awake.
· Back pain. While you’re pregnant you are putting a lot of strain on your back. Exercising will help to get you active and get your blood moving. This will help to stretch out your muscles and get them moving again, reducing back pain.
· Sleeping. Sleeping is an important part of pregnancy. Unfortunately, when you’re being kicked from the inside it can be hard to stay asleep. When you work out regularly, it will tire you and your baby and help you both get a good nights sleep.
· Mood. Exercise releases a hormone called endorphins. The more you exercise, the more these are released into the body, making you feel happier.
· Keeping fit! Regular exercise helps you to keep fit during pregnancy and may even improve your ability to cope with labor. It will also help you to get back in shape after your baby is born.
Exercises and actions to avoid during pregnancy
· Activities where falling is more likely
· Heavy lifting
· Exercise that may cause any abdominal trauma, including activities that with jarring motions, contact sports or rapid changes in direction
· Activities that require extensive jumping, hopping, skipping, or bouncing
· Waist twisting movements while standing
· Exercise in hot, humid weather
· Do not hold your breath for an extended period of time
· Do not exercise to the point of exhaustion
Exercising while pregnant can have some really great benefits for you and your baby. But always make sure to consult your healthcare professional before starting a new regime.