13 Benefits of Exercising During Pregnancy

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Regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to protect your body from joint and muscle pain, especially during pregnancy, but the benefits don’t end there.

While you may have to switch up your usual workout routine due to the extra weight, the benefits of exercising during this time are long-lasting for both you and your baby. Take a look below at my thirteen reasons to exercise during pregnancy.

1. YOU MAY POSITIVELY IMPACT YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN DEVELOPMENT.

Studies Show Higher Scores on Intelligence and Language Tests

2. YOUR CHILD MAY HAVE A HEALTHIER HEART.

Developing Babies of prenatal exercisers have improved cardiovascular function

3. YOU’RE LIKELY TO GAIN LESS WEIGHT.

You may retain muscle mass and return more easily to a pre-pregnancy level of fitness

4. YOU MAY HAVE AN EASIER TIME WITH LABOR AND DELIVERY.

Strengthening pelvic muscles may make delivery easier

 5. YOU CAN DECREASE YOUR RISK OF GESTATIONAL DIABETES.

You may decrease your risk for gestational diabetes by 27%

 6. YOU’RE LESS LIKELY TO HAVE BACK PAIN.

Pregnancy-specific stretches may ease tension on your back

 7. YOU’RE LESS LIKELY TO BECOME CONSTIPATED.

Prenatal exercise improves blood flow to your digestive system and relieves constipation

8. YOU CAN CAPITALIZE ON INCREASED FLEXIBILITY.

Your body produces Rexalin which makes you more flexible

 9. YOU CAN LEARN TO RELAX.

Learned breathing techniques can increase Relaxation during pregnancy

 10.  IT WILL PREVENT VENOUS VARICOSITIES AND LEG SWELLING.

Moderate Exercise prevents swelling and varicose veins

 11.  IT WILL IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP.

Moderate exercise improves sleep quantity and quality during pregnancy

12.  IT WILL BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Moderate exercise can boost your immune system

 13.  YOU MAY HAVE AN EASIER TIME RETURNING TO YOUR BASELINE LEVELS OF FITNESS POST-PARTUM.

It may take less time to returnt to a normal weight

For more information about exercising during pregnancy, including best practices and how to avoid joint and muscle pain, request an appointment today with our Women’s Health specialist, Dr. Diana Barayeva.

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