We all know there are oodles of benefits to frequent exercise in the average person but did you think of the extra benefits associated with exercise during pregnancy? Growing a baby is no easy job and how we treat our body can make a huge difference in the way we feel and the way our bodies handle pregnancy, labour and post partum recovery.
Through exercising and stretching we can decrease the risk of things like; cardiovascular and muscular loss, hypertension, varicose veins, gestational diabetes and so much more. We can also improve our cognitive state pertaining to the changes our bodies are going through. It is important to enjoy cardiovascular training, muscular conditioning and flexibility training during uncomplicated pregnancies. I exercised through my entire first trimester and really felt good about it. I have made my health more of a priority than ever for myself and baby. Even during the bit of motion sickness I had, I worked out. To be honest…I usually felt better during my workout than before so I enjoyed the little break from the nausea (I know it seems counterintuitive 😉)
I want you guys to know it is OKAY for you to continue exercising and even to begin exercising during pregnancy! Always check with your health practitioner before begining exercise. There are numerous benefits to exercising during an uncomplicated pregnancy such as a stronger core to assist during labour and decreased risk of Diastasis Recti & post partum depression. As our bodies begin to change it becomes more important to understand what frequency, intensity, time and type is ok for you and baby during exercise so I do encourage contacting a prenatal coach as you begin exercising and advancing in pregnancy. It is also safe for you to exercise at any stage of pregnancy as long as you feel good and you have no contraindications.
I want future mamas to feel good and confident and not to be afraid of exercising during pregnancy. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach the out to me. I know how daunting it can be browsing the internet reading the endless no no lists.