There are many benefits to exercising in pregnancy. By exercising it will help your body deal with the changes associated with pregnancy, and be better prepared for the labour itself. It will also be easier to recreate your pre-pregnancy body after your baby is born. Some of the practical benefits of exercising in pregnancy include:
Increased vitality. Exercising in pregnancy increases the amount of energy-producing mitochondria in our cells, which is why people who are very active have more energy, not less. In your first and third trimesters you are likely to feel more tired than usual, so exercising is more important at these times to give you an extra energy boost.
Happier mum. Exercising in pregnancy releases endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals work together to make you feel good when you exercise.
Maintains your fitness. If you have been exercising for a while, you should aim to maintain your fitness during your pregnancy, not look to improve it. The intensity of your training might have to be reduced as your pregnancy progresses.
Helps avoid too much weight gain. Typical weight gain in pregnancy is said to be 24 to 33 pounds. On average regular exercisers put on 7 pounds less weight than non-exercisers during pregnancy.
Less lower back pain. By focusing on strengthening the abdominal muscles, and stretching your tight lower back, you can help prevent or alleviate lower back pain.
Less stress incontinence. By strengthening your pelvic floor muscles you can help prevent or alleviate stress incontinence.
Easier labour. Giving birth has been compared to taking part in a marathon. This comparison comes from the length of time most women spend in labour, on average 12-14 hours. The fitter your body is, the easier your labour should be.
Healthier baby. Exercise is good for your baby, as well as for you. The increased blood flow from exercise can aid the baby’s growth and development. Endorphins and other feel good hormones released with exercise also pass onto your baby, lifting it’s mood.
Helps regain physique. By exercising throughout your pregnancy your body is likely to bounce back to its pre-pregnancy shape quicker than people who remain inactive during the nine months. This is because you are likely to have put on less weight, and your muscles should have remained strong. Strong well-toned muscles are likely to bounce back faster than muscles which have been asleep for nine months.
Pregnancy Personal Training Plan: We will work with you every step of the way and monitor you regularly, making sure that you’re on track to achieve your goals. We will crate you a tailored gym program and a separate tailored nutrition program.
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