Exercise in pregnancy is good!
Updated: Jun 21, 2018
Benefits for you and your baby are numerous. These include:
- Reduced incidence of: Insomnia, anxiety and depression; Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) or improved glycemic control in GDM; Preeclampsia; Pelvic girdle pain and other musculoskeletal discomfort; Diastasis recti; Incontinence
- Exercise significantly shortens labour and reduces risk of pre- term labour
- Maintains healthy weight and prevents obesity
- Maintains muscle length and flexibility
- Improves coordination, breath awareness, control
- Improved CV fitness
- Faster post natal recovery and improved ante and post natal experience
Long-term CV benefits for your baby are also documented and improved capacity of the fetal heart rate to tolerate stress
Current evidence recommends moderate exercise of 30mins or more on most, if not all days of the week. This should comprise aerobic and strength exercises unless there are contra- indications. The aim is to maintain or moderately improve fitness in pregnancy.
There are of course the hypothetical risks, specifically hypothermia, hypoglycemia, fetal hypoxia and increased risk if injury. However, our bodies are incredibly good at using compensatory mechanisms to meet the increased physiological exercise demands in pregnancy. What is important is that exercise is graded and appropriate to you, your stage of pregnancy and considers existing medical or musculoskeletal constraints. Listening to your body (Ie. Pain/ shortness of breath/ rate of perceived exertion), optimizing diet and hydration and ensuring a good exercise environment are also important aspects within this.
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