Yes, you can and should exercise during pregnancy.
Here’s how to stay fit while keeping your baby (and yourself) safe and healthy.
The research is pretty clear: Exercise during pregnancy offers tons of health benefits to you and your child, both now and down the road.
That said, it’s not good if you choose the wrong workouts, or to mistakenly overdo it.
Here’s a simple guide to the safest, most effective ways to stay fit and lean — and support your baby’s health and your own at the same time.
Exercise benefits during pregnancy
There are a myriad of benefits attributed to exercise during pregnancy; here are just a few:
~~ Lower risk of developing gestational diabetes
~~ Weight control
~~ Less water retention
~~ Larger placenta and more
nutrients for your baby
~~ Decreased likelihood of varicose veins
~~ Less likely to require a caesarian delivery
~~ More rapid return to pre-pregnancy weight
~~ Increased fitness for delivery.
The evidence in favor of exercise during pregnancy is so strong that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) encourages pregnant women to do moderate exercise for 30 minutes or more every single day.
Studies have even shown that very physically active women can benefit from continuing their high volume exercise routines, as much as 9 hours per week, into pregnancy.