Prior to becoming pregnant I was really active doing pilates and yoga and was pretty happy with my athletic abilities. I kept up as best I could after becoming pregnant but the first trimester left me very tired and (thankfully only slightly) nauseous. I purchased a prenatal yoga DVD so that I could go at my own pace at home instead of taking my regular classes. During the first and second trimester the prenatal yoga was a lot easier than what I was used to doing. However, as my belly grew I was really thankful I had purchased it because it gave modifications based on how far along in pregnancy you are and encourages mamas to do only what they are comfortable doing.
Keeping physically active during pregnancy is really important! You don’t need to be running marathons or physically exhausting your body to gain the benefits for yourself and your baby.
Women who exercise during pregnancy experience:
- less aches and pains
- higher levels of energy
- lower risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure
- a healthy amount of weight gain
(Source: March of Dimes)
Benefits to baby include:
- enhanced brain development (source)
- healthier birth weight
- lower risk of obesity as they age
Exercise during pregnancy is safe for most women however if you have a pregnancy with multiples or other health risk factors your health care provider may advise against it. They will likely discuss this with you, but always ask about the specific activities you are interested in. If at any time your activity becomes painful or you experience cramping or other symptoms of pre-term labor then you need to stop, rest, and call your health care provider.
What is your favorite way to keep active?