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The Benefits Of Exercise During Pregnancy

Updated on April 4, 2016

The Benefits of Weight Training and Body Sculpting During Pregnancy

Just a few decades ago it was considered "not done" for pregnant women to train with weights or to actually do in any kind of exercise.

These days, so many study's and research have been done that indicate exercising during pregnancy has a lot of benefits to the pregnant mom and baby.

As a result more moms to be than ever are exercising during pregnancy to reap the benefits.

As with any exercise program, you should consult your doctor and you should also ensure that you don't overdo it or put unnecessary pressure on your abdomen.

Another word of caution:

If you have never exercised before or been on hiatus for a long time, don't start working out like a mad woman.

Start easy and gently with something like walking using a pedometer or an app and move on to moderate exercise later on. Better yet hire a personal trainer if money permits or buy a prenatal workout dvd.

Next we will discuss some useful tips you can apply when you would like to exercise during pregnancy.

Exercise During Pregnancy: Benefits For Mum and Baby

Babies born to mothers who were exercising during pregnancy have healthier birth weights as studies have shown.

  • Babies a with higher birth weight are at risk of becoming overweight later in life so this is an important benefit for your baby.
  • Having to deliver a heavy baby is no fun and can also lead to complications during labor.
  • Women who are fit(ter) during pregnancy also have an easier delivery and an even speedier recovery afterwards.

You should be exercising in moderation, so you can opt to include weight training, stretching and cardio in your program.

This will have a positive impact on your baby as well as making you look and feel good.

Exercise Boosts Your Mood

As a pregnant woman your hormones are likely to be all over the place and are susceptible to depression at a faster rate than anyone else.

Exercising releases those feelgood hormones called Endorphins, that have a positive effect on the brain and your mood.

Pregnancy Exercises

Exercising During Pregnancy Lowers the Risk of Gestational Diabetes

Working out during pregnancy can lower the risk of developing gestational diabetes.

You should of course, also eat healthy food and avoid stress. All this combined will help you to control your blood sugar and prevent you from gaining too much pregnancy weight.

A pregnant woman who develops gestational diabetes will have a much higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life, so this something you would like to avoid.

Get A Personal Trainer

It might be a good idea to get a personal trainer help you with your workout program during pregnancy, especially if you just started exercising and are unsure what to do.

Some important tips for finding a good personal trainer:

  • Find a trainer who has worked with pregnant women before, so he or (preferably!) she will be able to create a workout routine tailored to your specific needs and who will also motivate you.
  • You can either work out at home, the outdoors or at the gym, so choose your trainer wisely.
  • Always keep your PT informed of your medical condition, meaning if there are any pregnancy complications you should pass this information on to the trainer. He or she may need to revise your workout accordingly.

A good personal trainer will adjust the exercises for your condition. Don't be afraid to ask for credentials or references if you're not sure. Safety first!

Pregnancy Workouts

The Bottom Line

Training with weights and doing regular workouts during pregnancy is beneficial for you and your baby. You will feel better both physically and emotionally.

Remember to check with your doctor before you start any workout plan and don't forget that Moderation is key!

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