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What, you still go to the gym or are exercising now you’re pregnant?!

I hear so many people say “its not good for the baby training while pregnant” or “you should enjoy putting your feet up and eating whatever you like”.
In our opinion this is crazy as there are soooo many benefits of training throughout pregnancy.

So here are a few:

1 – You’re likely to gain less weight.
Research shows exercising when pregnant can lead individuals putting on 7 pound less than pregnant women who don’t work out, while still staying within the healthy gain range.

2 – Labor and delivery may be easier.

No guarantees, of course, but strong abs and a fit cardiovascular system can give you more oomph and stamina for the pushing stage. One study found that prenatal water aerobics regulars were 58 percent less likely to request pain medication during labor than non-exercisers.

3 – You lower your gestational diabetes risk by as much as 27

percent.

High blood sugar during pregnancy puts you at extremely high risk for developing type II diabetes in the decade after delivering and raises
the odds of preterm delivery or having an overweight baby. If you do develop it—and many fit women do because genetics and age play a significant role—exercise may help prevent or delay your need for insulin or other medications.

4 – You get that “prenatal training session high.”

Active mums – to be report better moods than their sedentary peers, both immediately following a workout and in general throughout their pregnancies. Our mental health is juut as important as our physical health during pregnancy.

5 – You’re less likely to cry, “Oh, my aching back.”

Around two-thirds of pregnant women experience back pain, but water workouts, pelvic tilts, and yoga can offer relief. Exercise during the second half of pregnancy seems to be especially helpful.

6 – You’re less likely to get constipated.

Pregnant women’s intestinal tracts often get backed up due to high progesterone levels and a growing uterus, but exercise, along with a high-fiber diet, keeps your digestive system humming.

7 – You have more energy.

On days when lifting your remote control seems like a tall order, even a 10-minute walk can revive you.

8 – Odds are, you’ll deliver a svelter baby.

Babies born with excess fat are significantly more likely to become overweight kindergarteners, and overweight newborns of moms with gestational diabetes are more prone to develop diabetes later in life

9 – You can enjoy the greatest flexibility of your life.

Relaxin, a pregnancy hormone that loosens your pelvic joints in preparation for delivery, also relaxes the rest of your joints. With careful stretches, like those done in prenatal yoga workouts, you can capitalise on this window of opportunity.

10 – You feel less like a beached whale and more like a hot mama.

Women who exercise throughout pregnancy have a better body image than those who sit out the nine months.

 

11 – Your labor may be shorter.

A landmark study found that among well- conditioned women who delivered vaginally, those who had continued training throughout their pregnancy experienced active labor for 4 hours and 24 minutes compared with 6 hours and 22 minutes for those who’d quit training early on. Two hours less of hard labor is nothing to sneer at!

12 – You’ll likely experience less leg swelling.

Your body retains more fluid during pregnancy, and your growing uterus puts pressure on your veins, impairing the return of blood to your heart. Exercise can limit swelling by improving blood flow.

13 – You’ll meet other expectant moms in a prenatal exercise class.

Get their phone numbers; you may be meeting up for playdates or babysitting co-ops soon!

14 – You’re more likely to avoid prenatal depression.

This is especially true if you exercise outdoors because bright light has antidepressant effects. Some 12 percent to 20 percent of pregnant women experience depression, which is linked to poor sleep and marital problems after delivery.

15 – You might sleep better.

Some pregnant women who work out say they fall asleep faster, slumber more soundly, and snooze longer than inactive mums-to-be.

16. You feel more in control.

When your body is changing in all kinds of wacky ways and your entire life is about to be transformed in huge, unknown ways, a regular exercise routine offers consistency and the knowledge that you’re doing something great for both yourself and your baby. Feeling in control is a powerful thing.

17. You look better.

Exercise increases blood flow to your skin, enhancing that pregnancy glow. Plus, when you’re calmer and fitter, it shows.

 

So to conclude, Please tell me  how is exercising bad for you during pregnancy???

A huge mention to Suzanne Schlosberg for a lot of the great information! found here!

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