|It’s astonishing that even now, knowing what we know about the endless benefits that exercise has on your health and functional capacities, a large percentage of people still decide to remain sedentary. Lehman College in New York City found that 60% of pregnant women choose not to exercise throughout their term. Even while pregnant, not exercising can pose a risk for inactivity, obesity, chronic disease and premature mortality. Women who work out during their pregnancy and keep a healthy and balanced diet tend to gain 20% less weight than those who remain inactive. Need I say more?
For years there’s been a myth that says that exercising can somehow lead to premature birth or miscarriage and the reality is actually the opposite. On one hand, exercising has been found to have a positive impact on your baby because it improves his nourishment. Additionally, exercising might just be the key to having an easier labor: less active labor hours, less probability of a C-section, and less stress for you and your baby.
Finally, exercising also plays quite a big role when it comes to lower-back pain. You’d be amazed of how common this discomfort is amongst pregnant women all over the world. There are certain exercises and stretches that can help alleviate your pain, reducing its intensity and discomfort. It’s common to feel more tired during pregnancy and it’s fine to skip a workout when you feel you need to, just don’t let the exception become the rule.
Speak to your physician or personal trainer to learn more about what exercises you can do according to your current physical condition and trimester. At the end of the day, when it comes to exercising, the pros clearly outweigh the cons. Maternal fitness is essential to you and your baby’s health and wellbeing. Try to fit an exercise you enjoy a few times a week and get your dose of athletically-induced endorphins!