Benefits of Staying Active

BENIFTS OF A HEALTHY PREGNANCY

Doing research for this section on the website, I found that there is, in fact, quite a lot of information out there for pregnant mummies who would like to stay active during their pregnancy. Most of this information indicates that the benefits of a healthy active pregnancy far out way to the risks, but this is not to say that there are no risks at all.  All women who exercise while pregnant should seek the proper medical advice BEFORE engaging in any kind of physical activity.

From the information I found, it seems the subject has only really been thoroughly researched in the last 10 years, and it has been found that exercise in pregnancy is not only safe but also beneficial for both mum and bub. So if granny, aunty or your mum have shared some old wives tales that pregnancy is the perfect time to sit back and relax – guess what – pregnancy is the best time to get active (unless you are experiencing serious complications) and here is why:

What can exercise do for me during pregnancy –

  • Ease or prevent back pain and other discomforts
  • Boost your mood and energy levels
  • Help you sleep better
  • Build abdominal, back and pelvic floor strength to support your growing weight
  • Prevent excess weight gain and help in returning to your pre-baby weight
  • Increase stamina
  • Mentally, emotionally and physically prepare you for labour
  • Reduce the risks of gestational diabetes
  • Lessen chances of postpartum depression
  • Help your body adapt to the physical changes that come with pregnancy
  • Give you greater confidence in your body’s ability to give birth

The general guideline for pregnant women is to participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day if you can. Exercising for just 20 minutes, 3 or 4 days a week, is still beneficial, as well. The important thing is to be active and get your blood flowing.

One thing to note, and from all research papers I have read, is that there is no set rule with regards to pregnancy and exercise as every women and every pregnancy is different which is why it is imperative to seek the best medical advice for YOU.


Categories: Fitness, Health, Lifestyle