There are certain things in life which often remain undermined. Exercising during pregnancy is probably one among them. Many would suggest that pregnancy may not be the right time to be on tracks (literally). However, fact differs from assumptions and knowing what is right is important in your interest and that of your baby. Exercising is one element of healthy living which is inexpensive and indispensable. You need not do much to keep the body fit; a regular regimen of physical activity which is in line with your bodily needs can do much beyond what you thought. Here are some promising elements of exercising which can boost your zeal to be the exercise bunny. But do not forget to consult an expert before taking the leap.
Benefits Of Exercises During Pregnancy
Feel Better Than Before
Even if you have not exercised before becoming pregnant, you can start now. By just taking a daily walk, you can realize that you start feeling better than before. It can also help you sleep better at night (which is very important during pregnancy). If you had been exercising before pregnancy, you may continue the same with a reduced pace or one which suits your individual requirement.
Counter Unhealthy Conditions
Exercising benefits also come as combating fatigue, which is a common outcome in pregnancy. Regular exercising can also help in reducing discomforts as backaches. Evidence shows that by being physically active, pregnant women can avoid having gestational diabetes. Even if you can start with a 10 minutes of regular walking and then gradually increase it, you get the gains of physical activity.
Build Stamina And Relieve Stress
Besides improving posture, exercising can also provide (more) stamina which is needed during labor and delivery. Prenatal yoga, which is increasing its popularity owing to its potential health outcomes, can provide several benefits as decreasing stress, improving sleep, mental centering, providing flexibility to muscles and enhance breathing. It can also improve symptoms as nausea, shortness of breath and limit the risk of preterm labor and hypertension during pregnancy. This type of exercising is considered safe for pregnant woman and her baby. Prenatal yoga is also considered to provide a preparatory platform for the upcoming parenting skills.
Contrary to the popular belief, abdominal workouts can provide multiple benefits during pregnancy. You should strengthen your entire body part comprising the abdomen and pelvic floor. By strengthening this area, you can not only carry the baby with ease but also accomplish delivery appropriately. It is also likely to benefit you later (after childbirth) in dealing with positioning/ posture problems. Nonetheless, avoid exercises which have to be done on the back once you are through the first trimester.
The heart has to work endlessly even before your baby is born. Maternal exercising may benefit the baby’s heart and nervous system. A study showed that babies of mothers who exercised had enhanced heart rate variability. Heart rate variability is indicative of better control of the nervous system over the heart. The study comprised of women who indulged in different types of exercises as walking, running, weight lifting and yoga. The study showed that women exercising (at least) half an hour a day (thrice a week) depicted fetuses with reduced heart rates compared to women who did not exercise.