7 Amazing Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy
Pregnancy comes with its share of annoying complaints. But the more you exercise during pregnancy, the less you’ll find to complain about. Exercise can lower a pregnant woman’s risk of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, regulate hormones and even help prepare them for labor.
But during that time, you’ll need to discuss your exercise plans with your doctor or other health care provider early on and make a few adjustments to your normal exercise routine. There are so many benefits of exercising while you are expecting that every pregnant woman should be working out, right? We’ve got some useful and fantastic reasons why you’ll actually love it!
The Best Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy
- Feel Better. At a time when you wonder how this strange body can possibly be yours, exercise can increase your sense of control and boost your energy level. Not only does it make you feel better by releasing endorphins.
- Gestational diabetes occurs as a result of having excess sugar in your blood. You can help control this through a healthy diet and exercise. There are no guarantees because gestational diabetes is also a genetic factor but you can reduce your risk by exercising, eating healthy and keeping your weight under control.
- Reduce pregnancy discomfort: Overall, regular exercise stretches and strengthens your muscles, which helps your body cope better with the aches and pains of pregnancy. Stretches ease back pain, walking improves your circulation, and swimming can strengthen your abdominal muscles.
- Conquer pregnancy constipation. An active body encourages active bowels. Some women swear by a brisk 30-minute walk to keep them regular, others say even a ten-minute stroll helps get things going.
- Prepare you and your body for birth. Strong muscles and a fit heart can greatly ease labor and delivery. Gaining control over your breathing can help you manage pain. And in the event of a lengthy labor, increased endurance can be a real help.
- Regulate Hormones: As your hormones change throughout your pregnancy you may notice your mood to be off the norm at times. Exercise will help to regulate your hormones to reduce mood swings.
- Don’t worry, be happy. Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, those feel-good chemicals that give a natural high – improving your mood, diminishing feelings of worry and anxiety.
I hope you exercise and stay healthy throughout your pregnancy, for the health you and your growing miracle. So tell me, are you expecting? If so will you work out? Have a safe delivery!