Friday, 22 July 2016

Should you exercise when pregnant?

If you’re pregnant, you’re probably reading up all about what to expect. Knowing what you’re going to go through is a really important part of preparing yourself. Once you know, the thought can be quite scary. Many women look for ways to make their labour run as smoothly as possible. You can never guarantee a smooth labour, or even sticking 100% to your birth plan. You can, however, find a few different ways to make the birth easier on you. This begs the question, should you exercise when pregnant? Many women don’t consider this. In fact, some think that it’s bad for the baby. This isn’t the case! Providing you’re careful, exercising when pregnant can actually make things a whole let easier on you. If you want to know more, read on:

Spring Back Faster After The Birth

Exercising while you’re pregnant allows you to spring back much faster after the birth. If you’re worried about being out of shape or feeling like rubbish for a long time after the birth, exercising while pregnant can help you to combat that. You should feel like your old self again in no time.

Find Labour And Giving Birth Easier

Labour and giving birth isn’t the easiest of things to do. In fact, many put it up there with one of the most painful (but rewarding) things you can experience. When you exercise when pregnant, your body becomes stronger, and ready to endure what it’s going to go through. It’s definitely worth starting a regime for this reason alone!

Reduce Aches And Swelling

While pregnant, you usually get a lot bigger. Because of this, you also develop aches and swelling in places you never have before. Exercise can help to reduce this problem! It can give you an overall more comfortable pregnancy.

Prevent Excess Weight Gain

When you get pregnant, you’ll probably find you put on some weight. Much of this will be due to the life inside of you, but some of it will be from the extra food you’re eating. People think that you need to eat more than you actually need to eat when you’re pregnant. The saying, ‘eating for two’ definitely doesn’t apply. Exercise can help you to keep excess weight gain at bay and help you to lose it quicker afterwards.

Sleep Better

Struggling to sleep? Exercising can definitely help you to do that. Exercise will get rid of any pent up energy and stop you from feeling restless at night.

Raise Your Self Esteem

Pregnancy means your body changes. This can be damaging to self esteem. However, exercise can help you to feel great about yourself again. It’s also a good excuse to buy cute maternity yoga clothes.

Have More Energy

Pregnancy can drain all of the energy out of you too. Exercise can perk you up a little, and give you more energy to complete your tasks for the day easily.

Reduce Your Stress Levels

Pregnancy can be stressful. As exercise is natural stress relief, you can feel much calmer after a session.  Try it and you’ll see!

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