Did you know that if you’re pregnant, you’re not only allowed to exercise, but that it’s actually encouraged you do so, for the health of both you and your baby? With that in mind, and to encourage more women to move around a bit during their pregnancy, we’ve compiled this list of 35 amazing benefits of exercising while pregnant.
The American College of Obstetricians suggests women who are pregnant exercise a minimum of 20-30 minutes a day for maximum benefits. Use this guide to motivate you to get started today.
Physical Benefits of Exercising While Pregnant
#1. Expectant mothers who exercise are less likely to have unplanned c-sections
More and more mothers are being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which can lead to your baby growing too large. In this case, your baby may be too hard to deliver, requiring a cesarean delivery. Moms who exercise during their pregnancy are less like to have unplanned c-sections.
#2. Running while pregnant is a great way to boost your heart
If you’re fit and your baby is healthy, it’s perfectly okay for you to continue your normal routine up until your final trimester—it’s a great way to boost your heart. Expectant mothers who are new to running should start slower and build up to running. Don’t overdo it too quickly, and be sure always to listen to what your body is telling you.
#3. Weight training during your first trimester will help prepare your body for the added weight of your baby
Studies from the Journal of Physical Activity and Health reports low to moderate training twice a week is safe and effective for pregnant women—and weight training during your first trimester can help prepare your body for your baby’s added weight.
#4. During your first trimester, you can try riding a bike for a healthy way to increase your heart rate
Once you enter your second trimester, your balance may not be what it used to be. At this time you may want to consider switching your bike out with a stationary bicycle, which is a healthy way to increase your heart rate.