Pregnancy is an exciting and wonderful moment in life, but it can also come with many challenges and a wide range of changes. It can be difficult to know what activities are safe, suitable, and beneficial. Studies show that prenatal exercise is particularly beneficial to both the mother and the baby, which can increase the mothers’ stamina and naturally soothing the labor and the delivery process. Let's take a closer look at the many benefits of prenatal exercise and how it can support a healthy pregnancy!
1. Strengthen core stability and pelvic floor muscles: Pregnancy can place pressure to core and pelvic floor muscles, causing low back pain. Prenatal exercise can improve the stability of the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, which protect joints and prevents urinary Incontinence. Moreover, exercising can correct posture, balance, and coordination.
2. Improve cardiovascular health: Pre-mothers will get dizzy easily and shortness of breath faster than usual during exercise. Regular exercise during pregnancy can strengthen the hearts, and lungs, improving their endurance. And thus, pre-mothers can better cope with the physical demands of labor and delivery. Also, prenatal exercise can increase blood circulation which is critical for delivering nutrients and oxygen to the developing baby.
3. Reduced risk of excessive gain weight: Excessive weight gain during pregnancy can increase the risk of pregnancy-related complications, such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and preterm birth. Prenatal exercise can help regulate blood sugar level and maintain a healthy weight gain.
4. Faster postpartum recovery: Prenatal exercise can help boost energy level, improve sleep, and reduce stress and anxiety. That can reduce risk of postpartum depression and speed up recovery to get back to normal activities quicker after labor.
Overall, prenatal exercise can provide a wide range of benefits for both the mother and baby. However, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider before starting any exercise routine during pregnancy, as some types of exercise may not be safe for you or your baby. It is also important to listen to your body and adjust as needed, particularly as your body undergoes significant changes during pregnancy.