Physical activity is safe if you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, Excercise does not increase your risk of miscarriage, lower birth weight, or lead to early delivery. Excercise during Pregnancy is of great benefit to a mother and her child.
Benefits of exercise during pregnancy
- Prepare your body for childbirth – labour requires stamina, focus and plenty of determination; the fitter you are, the better equipped you will be for giving birth.
- Reduce constipation – by moving more you’ll accelerate movement in your intestine.
- Faster return to pre-pregnancy healthy weight – you will gain less body fat, making it easier to lose the excess kilos once baby is born.
- Sleep better – exercise can assist in managing restlessness and disturbed sleep during pregnancy.
- Maintain a level of fitness – if you were a regular exerciser before falling pregnant, you’ll be keen to stay in shape.
- Reduce stress – pregnancy is both a joyous and stressful time, exercise can temper the emotional rollercoaster.
- Reduce pregnancy discomfort – exercise can help manage back pain and strain as your belly grows.
- Improve your self-image – exercise increases the blood flow to your skin, giving you a healthy glow.
- May decrease your risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and cesarean delivery
- Preparation for the physical strain of labour
- Quicker post-labour recovery time
Regular exercise during pregnancy can improve health, reduce the risk of excess weight gain and back pain, and it may make delivery easier.