Exercising during pregnancy is great for:
-Strengthening your deep core & pelvic floor muscles needed for labor & delivery-A MUST
-Reducing your discomforts, aches, & pains
-Preventing &/or lessening postpartum back pain &/or sciatic pain. Side note: back pain doesn’t have to come with pregnancy, although many women seem to think it does and there’s nothing you can do about it…so WRONG, you can!
-Increasing your energy level & stamina, both needed for labor & delivery
-Preventing dramatic postural changes, which can lead to back, sciatic, hip, shoulder, neck pain & more. “Stand Up Straight”
-Improving your balance & coordination, this is a must as “pregnancy brain” sets in
-Bettering support of your pelvic floor & pelvic organs. Trust me on this one 😉
-Maintaining a healthy body composition, you must gain weight, but exercise will help keep it under control.
-Increasing your probability of a faster, smoother labor. If you are an avid exerciser before & during pregnancy be prepared, your labor may be faster than you ever thought. Mine were, no complaints here.
-Helping to keep your mood & spirits higher. When you exercise your body natural releases endorphins, which make you feel good J Experiencing less tension, anxiety, & fatigue than pregnant non-exercisers.
-Helping you will feel more “in-control” of your ever-changing body.
-Getting your body back easier & faster after baby! Who doesn’t want that right?
I must make a note to say that there are circumstances when you should not exercise during your pregnancy or maybe just for a short time during your pregnancy.
Always be sure your Doc has cleared you to
exercise during your pregnancy and again after baby.