Congratulations, you’re having a baby! Your pregnancy is an exciting time for you and your family. In between all the planning, doctor visits and shopping, don’t forget to exercise on a regular basis. The benefits of exercise during pregnancy begin instantly and ultimately provide a healthy life for you and your baby. However, whether you plan on continuing your current routine or are just starting to workout, consult your doctor to ensure your baby’s safety. Here are three benefits of staying active during pregnancy:
You’re likely to gain less weight while gaining more energy. Research shows that women who exercise while pregnant are more likely to weigh 7-10 pounds less that women who do not. This will also provide an extra boost of energy on days when just getting off the couch seems like a full-on cardio session. However, keep in mind the importance of not over-doing it and slow down when necessary.
You may be bigger, but you’ll be more flexible! During pregnancy your body will release relaxin, a hormone that loosens your pelvic joint in preparation for delivery. Good news is, this hormone also relaxes the rest of your joints. Relaxin makes you more susceptible to sprains and injuries so classes like pregnancy yoga are great alternatives to keep you limber for the next 9 months.
A killer core makes for an easy delivery. Although not 100% guaranteed, strong abdominals and a strong heart from cardio workouts ease the delivery process. Studies have even shown that 58% of women who participated in water exercises asked for pain medication less often than women who did not. Keep in mind, it is important to have at least 10 minutes of cool down after your workout because it allows your heart to return to a normal rate and prevents muscle soreness.