There are many, many benefits to moms working out while pregnant. Healthy moms are more likely to have appropriate weight gain during pregnancy. Healthy moms are more likely to have easier labors and deliveries. Healthy moms are more likely to have easier recoveries after birth. Healthy moms, some research shows, raise more active children, which in turn helps the children be more healthy.
I have done some form of working out through each of my three pregnancies. The keys, I’ve found, are to 1) not start something new during your pregnancy, and 2) modify each exercise as needed. If you’re a runner, your mileage and your pace will likely decrease a bit as your baby grows. If you’re more into cardio or weight lifting, you may find yourself needing to use lighter weights or becoming fatigued earlier than you used to. This is all normal. Take it easy on yourself and don’t push yourself too hard. Your body is working hard enough as it grows a little human. Now this is not meant to be permission to slack off and stop working out just because you’re pregnant. Keeping yourself healthy and maintaining your strength will help you immeasurably in your labor and your recovery after your delivery.
So, what kind of working out should you do? There are so many options available. You can throw in a prenatal yoga dvd. You can go for a walk or a run. You can continue your weight lifting or cardio routines. You can stream workouts that you can do in your living room. What you do isn’t as important as the fact that you are doing something. Get your blood flowing. Break a sweat. Do something that makes you a little bit healthier and you and your baby will thank you for it.
Did you workout while you were pregnant? What is your favorite kind of workout?
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