Why should I exercise during pregnancy?

Pregnancy can be a tiring experience. You have to deal with physical changes and a cocktail of emotions playing havoc with your mind. Amidst all these, exercising is probably the last thing you might consider. But, what if we told you exercising has great benefits for your body and make your pregnancy more comfortable.

So how does exercising help during pregnancy?

Look and feel better

Exercising increases the blood flow to you skin. It makes you radiant and brings out that lovely glow you absolutely love. It also releases endorphins (they are naturally occurring chemicals in the brain) and boosts your energy levels. Exercising can also improve your mood and help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression which you may at times.

Prepare your body for birth

Childbirth require a lot of stamina and energy. Pregnancy exercises helps you build your muscles and prepares you for the D-day. You will require both mental strength and a strong physical fitness during labour and delivery. Doctors and fitness experts also suggest meditation techniques to help manage your breathing and aid during labour and delivery.
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Ease pregnancy niggles

Pregnancy exercises give you an energy boost by strengthing your heart muscles and improving blood flow. In addition to this,

  • stretching helps reduce body pain and eases the strained muscles
  • walking improves blood flow and circulation
  • swimming strengthens the muscles in your tummy. This helps you support the growing weight of the baby

Reduce pregnancy complications

Exercising helps reduce the risk of conditions such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes (exercises along with a healthy diet help control the blood sugar level)

Sleep better

Some women find it difficult to sleep because of the physical constraints and emotional stresses that pregnancy causes. The growing belly makes it increasingly difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. Exercising will help you blow off excess energy and fat, giving you the feeling of overall wellness thus helping you sleep better.

How do I know it is safe to exercise during my pregnancy?

You must always consult your doctor before starting a fitness regime. Your doctor will recommend exercising once you enter the second trimester of your pregnancy. However, if you are suffering from a pre-existing condition which may complicate your pregnancy, your doctor may advise you to refrain from doing physical activities. Some conditions wherein doctors may recommend rest are:

  • Hypertension (High blood pressure during pregnancy)
  • Threatened or recurrent miscarriage
  • History of premature births/early labour
  • Vaginal bleeding