6 Great Reasons to Exercise During Pregnancy
Did you know that exercise during pregnancy is one of the most effective cures for the aches and pains associated being pregnant?
Keeping up with your usual daily physical activity or exercise like running, yoga, dancing, or even a quick walk to the shops can have a lot of positive effects. And there are actually quite a few benefits of exercise during pregnancy that you should be aware of.
The benefits of exercise during pregnancy for you:
- Boosts your mood
- Decreases your pregnancy symptoms
- Makes your postpartum recovery quicker
The benefits of exercise during pregnancy for your baby:
- Helps Bump develop a fitter heart
- Lowers their BMI
- Boosts their brain health
According to NHS advice, if you’re not particularly active normally, you can reap the benefits of exercise during pregnancy. Begin with 15 minutes continuous exercise 3 times per week and gradually increase it to 30-minute sessions.
Exercise is perfectly safe, so long as you follow the advice of your Doctor or midwife. Here are some NHS approved exercise tips for pregnancy,
Don’t exhaust yourself
Your body is already working so hard creating new life and exercise does not have to be strenuous to be beneficial. As a rule of thumb, you should still be able to hold a conversation.
Always warm up
Warming up and cooling down involves doing your exercise at a slower pace and with less intensity. Warming up helps your body to prepare for activity, helping to ease your cardiovascular system into action by raising your body temperature and increasing blood flow. This helps to reduce muscle soreness and lessen your risk of injury. Cooling down after your workout allows for a more gradual recovery of pre-exercise heart rate and blood pressure.
Avoid strenuous activity in hot weather and drink plenty of water
To avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration, avoid strenuous physical activity in hot weather and always drink plenty of water while exercising to regulate body temperature, lubricate joins and help transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy.
Avoid contact sports and exercises that have a high risk of falling
Exercises that carry a risk of falling, such as horse-riding and cycling should be done with extreme caution, as falls carry a risk of damage to your baby. Similarly, in contact sports, where there’s a risk of being hit, any impactful force could cause damage.
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For more information on the benefits of exercise during pregnancy and tips to help you stay safe and comfortable, check out the NHS official advice, HERE.