Benefits of Exercise in Pregnancy
Pregnancy can sap your energy, exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system, so you don't tire as easily. With muscles that are strong and toned, you need less effort to engage in any activity, whether that means grocery shopping or sitting through meetings at the office.
- Sleep better
When you're carrying those extra pounds in front of you, finding a comfortable sleeping position can be a real challenge. Exercise will help you work off any excess energy and tire you enough to lull you into a more restful sleep.
- Make great friendships
Spending time and making friends with other mums and mum-to-be is invaluable. I recommend joining Keep Mums Fit facebook group and following @keepmumsfit on Twitter to keep updated on group meets, discussion boards and to keep in touch.
- Reduce pregnancy discomfort
Overall, regular exercise stretches and strengthens your muscles, which helps your body cope better with the aches and pains of pregnancy. Stretches ease back pain, walking improves your circulation, and swimming can strengthen your abdominal muscles.
- Prepare for childbirth
The better shape you're in, the stronger you'll become. Giving birth is akin to running a marathon, which requires stamina, determination, and focus. Learn the famous 'LABOUR DANCE'
- Reduce stress and lift your spirits
Having a child is a life-changing, momentous experience that can leave you feeling simultaneously ecstatic, overwhelmed, and anxious. Exercise boosts levels of serotonin, a brain chemical linked to mood, putting you in better spirits.
- Improve your self-image
Watching the scale inch its way up to numbers you've never seen before can be disheartening. Staying active helps you feel better about yourself and improves your odds of gaining a healthy amount of weight.
- Get your body back faster after childbirth
This alone is motivation enough for many women to embark on a pregnancy exercise regimen. When you've maintained your strength and muscle tone all through your pregnancy, your body will have an easier time regaining fitness and strength after you give birth.