When you make sure to stay fit while pregnant, there are better chances for you and your baby to be healthy. Also, staying fit during the entire 9 moths you are pregnant lessens the chances of complications during labor and makes labor shorter too. It also makes it easier for you to lose the extra pounds gained while pregnant.
Being consistent in your exercise routines topped with god nutrition will help you enjoy the unique experience better. While pregnancy can mean a lot of changes emotionally and physically (also financially, if I may add), it can be an indescribable feeling the moment your newborn is placed into your arms and you hold him close to you.
However, before that moment happens, you will have to deal with things like nausea, fatigue, water retention, restless nights and more. The good thing is, with the advancement of science came new ways to make things easier for you while pregnant. In the old days, exercising while pregnant was a horrible idea in the belief that it can harm the baby as well as the mother. With better understanding, however, it was proven that there are many benefits to exercising while pregnant. Of course, you don’t overdo it, though. You also have to make sure you cooperate with your doctor about it for proper guidance.
When you are pregnant and you consistently exercise, you increase your sense of control and you feel better. During exercise, chemicals called endorphins are released by your brain and this helps you feel good. You also help your back avoid back pains associated with pregnancy. Exercise activates the release of lubricating fluid in joints thus you are able to avoid joint pains.
You also look better because your blood flow is improved and your skin acquires a healthy glow. With better blood flow and better feeling in your joints, back and muscle, you also sleep more soundly. Many pregnant women suffer sleepless nights brought about by the common discomforts of the condition.
There is no better and practical way to prepare your body for birth but by exercising. With a stronger body and better heart condition, labor and delivery come with greater ease. Exercise gives you better endurance and in case of a lengthy labor, you can well handle it.
One of the greatest benefits of being fit while pregnant is that you gain less weight and less weight gain means easier losing of it after birth. This is not to say though that you should try to lose weight while pregnant. You should be aiming to be fit, and that is a different matter.
While there are many ways to stay fit during your pregnancy such as walking, swimming, belly dancing or water aerobics, always coordinate with your ObGyn to ensure safety all throughout.