Doctors have always talked about how important it is to exercise while pregnant! Not a full on, intensive workout but maintaining a mildly active lifestyle in order to keep the heart and health strong during the numerous physical and internal changes a woman’s body goes through while expecting. Suffice to say that there are some emotional changes too, but as some of us know, the endorphins released by the brain is very good for the mind and body, thereby making it an easier pregnancy.
It relieves back aches and improves your posture by strengthening and toning the muscles in your back, butt and thighs. It reduces constipation by accelerating movement in your intestine, prevents wear and tear on your joints that become loosened during pregnancy due to hormonal changes, it helps you sleep better by relieving the stress and anxiety that might make you restless at night but most of all, which is what most pregnant women care about is it makes you look better by increasing blood flow to the skin, giving you a healthy glow.
I can go on about the benefits of exercise but it comes down to staying as active as physically possible. I don’t have to tell you the advantages a strong heart can give you when you are huffing and puffing during labour and delivery. This even gives you a head start in getting your pre pregas body back. Baby fat is easier to burn because most of it is water weight, so if you are already getting some exercise it keeps you ahead of the curve. Studies have also shown that exercise during pregnancy reduces the risk of complications, like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. Not only does it save your life but your baby’s too.
If you are trying to get you body back into those tight fitting dresses you were wearing before you got pregnant, it all comes down to having a fitness lifestyle before it all happened. Make it a part of you now. A lot of my clients are moms and the one and most common complaint they have is that nasty fanny pack pouch that doesn’t seem to want to go away. Well I’m here to tell you that is can go away, you just have to keep working on it. Talk to your doctor about what is safe for you and your baby and stay on the given program.