Being pregnant doesn't have to mean the end of your exercise routine. There are several good reasons to maintain your fitness level while pregnant. Evidence shows that if you keep up a moderate level of activity, and do some weight training and body sculpting, you will look and feel better not only while pregnant, but afterward as well. Below are some guidelines to follow to help you stay fit and sculpt your body during pregnancy.
One thing many women suffer from is postpartum depression and it has been proven that exercise is effective at treating it as well as preventing it to a certain extent, being able to at least reduce the severity of this issue. To put it slightly differently, if you exercise during your pregnancy, you stand a higher chance of escaping depression at a later date. The exact science behind it is unknown, but scientists have found that exercise has a positive impact on brain chemistry. Regular exercise during your pregnancy will also make it a lot easier for you to recover your pre-pregnancy weight and body shape after giving birth, which will improve your physical and emotional well-being. Doing weight training or other body sculpting exercises can help reduce several uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy. Strengthening your back muscles and keeping the muscles active will reduce the number of backaches you are prone to, which are quite common. Exercise can also help improve constipation, which is another frequent problem pregnant women suffer from. Since exercise helps to keep stress at bay, you will probably find that you are sleeping better as well. Insomnia is a common problem during pregnancy, and lack of sleep can have a large effect on how you feel overall. This is why pregnancy and working out go hand in hand.
How often to exercise during pregnancy is a common question. There are several factors to consider when answering this question and your doctor can help you figure out the best answer for you. One of the largest factors is your exercise habits before your pregnancy. If you didn't exercise before your pregnancy, this isn't the time to start a vigorous program. However, if you exercised consistently before, you may only need to modify your regular workout. In general, it's good to exercise three times per week and do a variety of exercises that combine light stretching, cardio and strength training, but you have to consider your own circumstances and how you feel.
Exercising while you are pregnant offers a wide range of benefits and, unless you suffer from a medical condition preventing you, you really need to consider incorporating a suitable exercise program. It is beneficial to you, as it will lower your stress levels, and also to your baby. Body sculpting and weight training also help tone down back pain, joint problems and help keep your muscles working properly. Doctors now recommend that their pregnant patients take some form of regular exercises due to a wide range of reasons, including the ones in this article.