The benefits of being physically active and keeping fit even go as far as improving both physical and mental health, especially for expectant women. Many people like to assume that pregnant women have to spend most of their time sleeping, lying down and being as inactive as possible. The myth that being active can hinder the development of a healthy baby has been debunked for a long time now. Doing strenuous activities can cause some problems, but some activities such as taking walks, swimming and low impact work outs actually benefit both the mother and child. Below are some of the amazing benefits of exercising while pregnant;
1. Mental Health Boost
Doing workouts and getting into a routine benefits you psychologically. People who suffer from anxiety or depression report an improvement in their mood when they start being consistent with their work outs. Pregnancy hormones and daily stresses can often lead to depression and anxiety issues. When these are not kept in check, they can have dire consequences, even for the baby. It’s, therefore, important to do daily exercises, if you can, in order to help boost your mood as well as self-image and self- esteem. Specific exercises have been designed to help stretch the back muscles and ease the back pains that usually occur during pregnancy.
2. Speed Post-delivery Recovery
The more you increase your pregnancy fitness, the faster you’ll recover physically after childbirth, the more fit you’ll be after delivery. In a 2012 study, women who exercised recovered faster after labor (even after controlling for delivery method), resuming household chores faster than those who didn’t exercise.
3. Eases Back Pain During Pregnancy
Your body has to support more weight in addition to your own weight. As the baby develops inside the womb, they grow and increase in size. The effects of this is back pain and soreness on different parts of the body. Specific exercises for pregnant women have been designed to help stretch the back muscles and ease the back pains that usually occur. They also help you maintain good posture by straightening the spine. Look for some exercises, even online, in order to help ease and strengthen your back.
4. Good For the Baby
Pregnancy exercise has so many amazing benefits for the baby. When you work out, blood flow increases, which in turn increases the chances of a healthy delivery. At times, pregnant women don’t always maintain healthy diets. There are many cravings that come with it, causing you to gain unhealthy weight which isn’t good for the baby. In such instances, the baby can end up being larger than usual in a condition called Macrosomia. When the mother doesn’t exercise regularly to keep her weight gain in check, such complications could occur.
5. Help You Sleep Better As Your Pregnancy Progresses
Finding a comfortable sleeping position can be a real challenge. But exercise can tire you out enough to lull you into a more restful sleep.