Try working out at least 30 minutes on most days. If you can’t manage that then do as much as you can! The important thing is to keep active and get your blood flowing. Exercise can also help you feel in better health by boosting your energy levels. It can also help your sense of control during this life-changing time. Your body is going through new changes, so some extra energy and control is a welcome positive.
Surecheck tip: Start by planning your days and schedule time for exercise during the week.
Working out can help relieve physical tensions like backache and bad posture through strengthening and toning muscles in your back, butt and thighs. As your body prepares for childbirth and goes through hormonal changes, it slowly begins loosening your joints. Regular exercise can prevent wear and tear by activating lubricating fluid. This physical activity could even reduce pregnancy constipation due to the movement in your intestines.
Regular exercise also helps your mood by releasing endorphins. It’s very common for women to feel stressed during pregnancy due to the many changes both physically and mentally. Keeping active can actually reduce these worries by expelling ‘feel-good hormones’.
A good workout routine also prepares your body for birth. Strong muscles and a healthy heart can actually assist with labour and delivery. What’s more, gaining control over your breathing can help you cope with pain during labour and increase endurance.
Another benefit of a pregnancy exercise routine is that it helps you regain your pre-pregnancy body more quickly! This is because you’ll gain less weight than women who do not exercise during pregnancy. Exercise can also help you develop better muscle memory and form some healthy habits you can continue post-delivery. However, don’t expect to lose weight now. Your goal should be to maintain fitness and keep you and baby healthy.