Ten reasons to get movin'!
- A healthier baby!
Research shows that babies born to mothers who exercise regularly have improved muscle tone, blood pressure and reflexes.
- Prevent preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and post-partum depression.
Exercise improves circulation and blood pressure, insulin absorption and releases beta-endorphins - a natural anti-depressant.
- Shorter & less painful labor.
Pregnant women who regularly exercise report less painful labors that last less time. This is likely due to increased muscle tone and circulatory efficacy allowing the uterine contractions to move the infant down and out the birth canal.
- Manages mood-swings, stress & anxiety
The happy-making and anti-stress-n-anxiety beta-endorphins you release during exercise help stabilize the roller-coaster hormone spikes pregnancy can induce.
- More energy.
With daily exercise, you can successfully adapt your circulatory needs to the ever-increasing demand of your body and baby. It’s no surprise that women who exercise throughout pregnancy report less fatigue.
- Improved self-esteem & body image.
It's easy to love yourself when putting you and your babys health first, especially because it makes you look and feel good!
- Less body fat gained.
This one’s a no-brainer. If you exercise daily, any added weight will be baby, placenta, amniotic fluid, and your growing breasts... rather than an expanding backside.
- Fewer stretch marks.
The dreaded scarring caused by your skin fibers tearing during a growth spurt can be directly combated by maintaining or improving muscle tone via exercise -- effectively slowing the rate at which your skin stretches.
- Less nausea, heartburn, constipation and other digestive issues.
Women who exercise regularly throughout pregnancy report less nausea, heartburn, constipation, and other digestive issues - due to muscle tone aiding slowed digestion, improved circulation and improved nutrient absorption.
- Your body bounces back beautifully.
Especially if you keep up your activity levels afterwards. Take the first week completely off after you give birth. Don't go full throttle when you start, either. You've lost a lot of blood and hormones. Recover with smaller walks and lower intensity shorter workouts... when you feel ready.