Whilst once discouraged, staying fit and active whilst pregnant is now encouraged. After consultation with your health practitioner, being active at least three times a week is not only good for mum but bub too.
Mothers that are physically active during pregnancy tend to have shorter and easier births, and the baby usually has a steadier heart rate.
Why you should exercise when pregnant
Exercise helps with weight management, whilst you will put on weight naturally as your baby develops, it will help you maintain a healthy weight range, plus you’ll be more likely to return to your pre-pregnancy weight quicker.
Weight management will help reduce the risk of varicose veins, blood clots, and stretch marks.
It will increase oxygen supply to both you and the baby. Increasing your oxygen supply will help you stay focused and alert, which in some stages of pregnancy is much needed.
Exercising during pregnancy will help you build stamina which can assist with childbirth.
Exercising produces endorphins and helps alleviate stress and promotes that feel-good feeling.
Exercise promotes sleep, and a good night’s sleep can leave you feeling energised and ready for the day.
Gestational diabetes is reduced by exercising when you’re pregnant.
It’s important to not get too overheated, especially during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, but if you are exercising before pregnancy, then there shouldn’t be any reason you can’t continue, but always consult your healthcare professional.
Ensure you drink plenty of water and stop if anything hurts.
As your baby grows your centre of balance shifts, so be careful when exercising.
Stay fit and active
Talk to the team at Olea Health in Eatons Hill and discuss how you can enjoy a happy and healthy pregnancy.