Staying active has been beneficial for both me and my baby. I am remaining healthy and fit. Exercise has eased my back pain, boosted my energy, improved my mood, and helped with my sleep. I also feel less nauseous, especially in the first trimester. And, of course, the more you exercise during pregnancy the more your body stays strong and toned.
Here are some of the great benefits:
- Makes you feel better
- Improve your sleep
- It can reduce constipation and swelling
- Get your body back faster from childbirth
- Prepares your body for childbirth
- Less weight gain
- Minimize aches and pain
- Muscle tone, endurance and strength
Staying active is an overall mood booster and body changer. Working out de-stresses the mind. Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins– those positive feelings that improves your mood and fight pregnancy fatigue. Endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of your body and are released in response to brain chemicals. Why not stay active to feel confident, strong, and happy after a workout?!
The following recommendations are based on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Family Physicians for staying active during pregnancy:
- Avoid doing exercises that require being on your back after 20 weeks
- Wear comfortable clothing that is supportive but not constricting and will help keep you cool
- Consume an extra 300 calories a day that you need while pregnant
- Avoid getting overheated when exercising, especially in hot, humid weather
- Drink plenty of water to keep well hydrated
- Low impact aerobics and exercises
Hydration is really important while exercising and even more important while pregnant. Staying hydrated while exercising is important because of the added sweat loss. Even if you are not thirsty after working out, drink water anyway to refresh the fluids you lost. Drinking water can help fatigue and prolong endurance.
Pregnant women should be able to continue most of their physical activities. If you were exercising prior to becoming pregnant, you can usually continue the activities. However, Be sure to consult your health care provider before starting an exercise program. Please make sure you always hydrated and avoid getting over heated during exercise. Avoid activities that are high risk and can cause you to fall. Bottom line: ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR BODY and always talk to your doctor befor beginning a new exercise routine.
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