Benefits of Training During Pregnancy

Why Stay Active?

Staying active during pregnancy can help you stay in shape and prepare your body for labour. Although you may be feeling more tired than usual and be experiencing some discomfort as your body progresses through the pregnancy, unless you are experiencing complications, there is no reason to avoid exercising during pregnancy.

Exercising during pregnancy has been shown to provide a number of benefits.

  • Training during pregnancy can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications, lower blood pressure levels and fights fatigue.
  • Exercise can help to reduce backache, constipation, bloating and swelling.
  • By getting the endorphins pumping, exercise can help to boost your mood and energy levels.
  • Staying active can also help you to sleep better, prevent excess weight gain, improve your endurance levels and speed up post-delivery recovery.

Before starting any training programme, you should always check with your doctor first. With high-risk pregnancies, there can be some risks with very strenuous exercise, so it’s always better to get the ok from your healthcare provider.

As a start, 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise can be done 3 to 5 days a week, or more if you feel comfortable to do so. Walking, swimming and low-impact exercises are great for moms-to-be. Strength training can also be very beneficial for women in general.

Be sure to warm up before exercising and stretch and cool down after your session. Make sure you stay hydrated during your workout, and pay attention to your body whilst exercising. If you do experience any dizziness, pain or discomfort, stop exercising and get in touch with your doctor if you experience any unusual symptoms.

By staying active during your pregnancy will go a long way towards improving overall health and well-being of both mom and baby.