Researchers have found that exercise during pregnancy could strengthen a baby’s motor skills. While the exact cause is yet to be determined, scientists hypothesize that an increase in blood and oxygen flow triggered by exercise significantly helps a baby’s development. It may be more difficult to exercise while pregnant, but it’s certainly good for both you and your baby.
On average, doctors recommend expecting women get 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most days of the week or even every day. This amount can increase or decrease depending on your doctor’s recommendation and your specific physical condition. One must still be careful, however, when choosing which activities to do. Contact sports, hot yoga, or exercise at high altitudes are not recommended for expecting mothers. With the right fun activity, working out can have so much positive impact to both your and your baby’s health.
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A light exercise for the lower body, for your legs and butt. You just need a chair. This is the automatic action you do everyday, and you even don’t need to think about it. . For example: When you sit on the sofa, or when you get up from the sofa, when you go to the toilet and so on... and so on... . So for this exercise you have no excuse not to do it. . I do 3 sets, 30 reps. . P.S. Do not forget to squeeze your butt🍑 when you get up😉. . ————————————————————— #30weekspregnant #pregnantwithtwins #fitmumtobe #pregnancyworkout #pregnancyexercise #preggo @dajana_ziegler
Researchers studied the effects of exercise during pregnancy on 71 healthy women and tested its effects on the motor skills of their one-month old babies. There were two groups: one tasked with aerobic workouts and a control group. The test group exercised consistently three times a week for an hour, and they were given the choice to do aerobics or use a machine like a stationary bike or a treadmill. The control group only did light-intensity exercises, breathing technique, and stretching.
The results showed that the babies of the exercising moms performed better in motor skills tests. Researchers measured their head turning and other basic movements, and those with moms that did more exercise while pregnant demonstrated stronger movement skills. The exact cause is yet to be pinpointed, but they hypothesize that it has something to do with the increased blood and oxygen flow during exercise. This triggers fetal brain development—allowing for stronger motor skills to form.
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This pregnancy has been hard for a lot of reasons... One of the biggest has been because I haven’t been allowed to run. I’ve pitied myself for a good bit over it and my pride has kept me from doing much of anything to exercise. But I had a bit of a rude awakening... . Last week, I got up from my desk at the end of the work day and noticed that my feet were swollen 😩 I was NOT about to put up with that pregnancy symptom so soon! I told myself that I would do SOMETHING every day to get up and move. And so far, I haven’t missed a day! I have perfected the stroller power walk and trot (a light, light jog... very amusing to watch I’m sure 🙈😆). And I haven’t had swollen feet since! Running will always be there so I need to focus on what I can do to NOW. And right now, that’s power walking and trotting! 😂🤰🏼
Other than boosting your child’s motor skills, there are a lot of other reasons to exercise regularly during pregnancy. Staying in shape can help you prepare for the physical strains of labour and baby delivery. It will also help you sleep better, prevent unnecessary weight gain, and reduce muscle aches. Pregnancy may seem like a good time to just kick back and relax, but you should still be hitting the gym!