Hey mom-to-be! Hope you are doing well. Like every pregnant woman, you must have a plethora of queries regarding your pregnancy. But the most common question every pregnant woman asks is, how safe is working out during pregnancy or if working out could potentially harm the baby? We understand your feelings completely as pregnancy is not something with which you can try and experiment. Many women prefer to decrease body movements, although there are some who keep themselves quite active physically till the last semester. So, it may make you confused and wonder more about your exercise sessions during pregnancy. But worry not. Know more about it in detail.
Is It Safe To Exercise During Pregnancy?
Exercising while pregnant is key to you and your baby's health. It is safe to perform workouts during pregnancy until you are not restricted from your doctor to do so. Pregnancy exercises should always be performed under observation and proper precautions. Be it yoga, pilates or ball workout, every type of exercise has benefits. But make sure you are not overdoing them.
Benefits Of Exercises During Pregnancy
"Exercising will boost your health, your unborn baby's health, and it can help get your body ready for giving birth and being a new mom," says midwife Kate Marsh of Tommy's baby charity.
Dear mom-to-be, take a look at other health benefits of workouts during pregnancy:
1. Prevents Illness
Staying active during pregnancy helps you sleep better, reduces anxiety and can prevent cramps, swollen feet and tiredness.
2. Blessing For Normal Delivery
Research shows that women who exercise are less likely to have a caesarian, while those who do exercise like walking and yoga have a shorter labour time with fewer complications.
3. Controlled Body Weight
While exercise during pregnancy isn't necessarily for weight loss, it can keep the extra pounds off. Also, it helps you to lose weight soon after the delivery.
4. Provides Energy
During pregnancy, the more you take rest the more you feel fatigued and restless. So, exercise will make you feel active and energised.
Every pregnant woman should get at least 20 to 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise but plan with your physician to rule out any medical complications.
(Also read: 5 Things Every Woman Must Know About Pre-Natal Tests)