Pearl Maalouf BS, FMSC, CPT, CF-L1
Fitness Expert at Le Gym by Robert Maalouf
Healthy lifestyle Blogger at leGymonline.com
A few decades ago doctors were worried that exercise and physical activity might harm a growing baby and discouraged pregnant women from being active. However now researchers have realized that those pregnant women that were not active during their pregnancy puts both the moms and the babies at risk, especially if your pregnancy is low-risk. Always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise plan and it is ideal to start exercising a few months before you decide to get pregnant for maximal benefits. Although there are more than 5 reasons to exercise these should give you an idea of all of the amazing benefits staying active can do for you and your baby!
1. You’re likely to gain less weight. Research shows that excessive weight gain can lead to higher Cesarean rates due to health complications.
2. Odds are, you’ll deliver a slimmer baby. Babies born with excess fat are significantly more likely to become overweight later on in life. Newborns of moms with gestational diabetes are more prone to develop diabetes later in life.
3. You lower your gestational diabetes risk by as much as 27 percent. High blood sugar during pregnancy puts you at high risk for developing type II diabetes within the decade after delivering and raises the odds of preterm delivery or having an overweight baby. If you do develop it—and many fit women do because genetics and age play a significant role—exercise may help prevent or delay your need for insulin or other medications.
4. You may experience less swelling. Your body retains more fluid during pregnancy, and your growing uterus puts pressure on your veins, impairing the return of blood to your heart. Exercise can reduce swelling by improving blood circulation.
5. You may be at lower risk for the number one cause of premature birth, preeclampsia, a complication that involves high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine.
5 Best Activities For Moms-To-Be
1. Walking: Strengthens heart/lungs, increases stamina.
2. Water Exercise: Strengthens heart/lungs; reduces strain on joints.
3. Prenatal Pilates: Strengthens entire body, especially core muscles.
4. Weight Training: Increases muscle tone and strength.
5. Prenatal Yoga: Increases strength, stamina and relaxation.