Is exercise for pregnant women safe?
Overall and in most cases, exercise is safe during pregnancy. You will usually find it is even recommended. Typically, the first rule of thumb is if you were physically active before you were pregnant, it is likely safe to remain active during pregnancy. More than likely, your doctor will tell you to remain active, as long as it is comfortable and there are no other health conditions suggesting otherwise.
There are usually many questions that come to mind when planning how to exercise during pregnancy. Physical exercise is a bodily activity that improves or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. This type of exercise during pregnancy is important and can help with some common discomforts of pregnancy and even help prepare your body for labour and delivery.
Now is not the time to exercise for weight loss, however, proper exercise during pregnancy will likely help with weight loss after the delivery of your baby. Exercise does not put you at risk of miscarriage in a normal pregnancy. You should consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.
What are the benefits of exercise during pregnancy?
• Reduces back ache, constipation, bloating, and swelling
• May help prevent or treat gestational diabetes
• Increases your energy
• Improves your mood and posture
• Promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance
• Helps you sleep better
• Regular activity also helps keep you fit during pregnancy and may improve your ability to cope with labour. This will make it easier for you to get back in shape after your baby is born.
Our client Maria is 16 weeks pregnant. She has been training with us since 2017 and recently fell pregnant. Her training has been adapted to a pregnancy training variant, which keeps her fit and healthy and helps her get on with her daily life. We are keeping a pregnancy training blog as we go along and sharing it with you all.