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Benefits of Staying Active during Pregnancy

Pregnant and active! - well why not Why bother with the exercise? Because a little effort goes a long way! Exercise promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance which you will need to carry the weight you gain during pregnancy. Exercise will prepare you for labor, and make you regain your shape post delivery much quicker. If your pregnancy is going smoothly with no complications, then these are big reasons why you should make exercise a part of your regime even while pregnant.

You feel more energized

Pregnancy depletes energy, but with regular exercise you will be able to deal with daily chores with lesser effort. Exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system, so you won't have to deal with exhaustion day after day.

You feel more prepared for childbirth

Being fit and strong matters as you will have to cope with labor and delivery. Giving birth requires stamina, determination, and focus. Keeping physically active during pregnancy means you will be better equipped to deal with the hard work of labor that awaits you.

You feel less discomfort

Exercise stretches and strengthens your muscles. Stretching eases back- pain, walking improves circulation, and swimming strengthens abdominal muscles. It also helps reduce or remove other discomforts like nausea, swelling, stress incontinence and improves posture.

You feel less blue

By the end of the second trimester, pregnancy can become tedious. You may experience boredom and fatigue very easily because of the increased weight gain and restricted lifestyle. Finding a new activity, some light physical activity cut out for pregnant women may be one way.

You sleep better

Having to contend with weight gained in your stomach region mostly, sleep becomes challenging and elusive because of the limited sleeping positions you can have right now. Some physical activity will tire you enough to lull you into a more restful sleep.

You feel positive

Pregnancy and having a child changes everything; an event that can leave you feeling ecstatic and anxious all at once. One good way to shake off the blues is by dancing to good music. Exercise is known to lift spirits by boosting serotonin levels, a brain chemical linked to moods.

You feel better about you

You are going to feel discouraged when you see numbers on the scale you have never seen before. With exercise you are going to feel better about yourself, the way you look and that is a bonus.


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You get your old figure back faster

This reason is compelling enough for many women to want to work out while pregnant. By staying fit throughout your pregnancy, shedding those pounds off after the baby arrives will be faster too.

You keep your bones in good condition

Exercising improves calcium absorption, lessens your chances of having hypertension, pre-eclamsia, and osteoporisis in the future.

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