What most women don’t realize is that everything they experience or feel from the moment they are pregnant, to the moment they give birth — your baby feels. As tired and uncomfortable as you might feel while pregnant and even post-pregnancy, the importance of remaining active and healthy is not stressed enough. There are many mental and physical benefits with remaining active, some which may have the potential to save you and your baby from future trauma.
Trust me, I know what it’s like to feel heavy and pregnant. The last thing you want to do is get up and move. You just want to lounge in your sweats all day engulfing tubs of ice cream and giving yourself a real reason not to have to move. However, body movement is what allows your heart to pump blood to your whole body and keeps you oxygenated. Exercising, during and post pregnancy, is essential for a woman housing a baby in her belly.
1 out of every 7 moms experiences postpartum depression.
Postpartum depression interferes with your ability to care for your baby. Only moms realize how bad postpartum depression can get. Believe it or not, one way to help prevent postpartum depression is being active. After giving birth to your bundle of joy, you want to make sure you’re filled with energy now that you have new mommy duties. Your baby can feel your mood. Sure, exercise can help with baby weight, but more importantly, it helps boost your energy levels and helps you in feeling refreshed. Your beautiful baby will be a handful, but if you set aside just 30 minutes of mommy time — you can gain that energy back. Going outside and breathing some fresh air with your newborn can greatly increase your mood, rather than staying indoors for weeks at a time.
Exercise is important to many women post pregnancy for aesthetic reasons, but during pregnancy, it is perhaps the most important. Studies show only 1 in 4 women exercise enough during pregnancy. About 14% of pregnant women experience preeclampsia or hypertension. Exercise and/or remaining active during pregnancy is a great way to help reduce these dysfunctions as well as any of the following:
- Gestational diabetes – lessens the chances by 30%, placental hormones cause high blood pressure in pregnant women which in turn develops diabetes.
- You gain less baby weight – most women dread the extra baby weight that hangs around after giving birth, it’s best to prevent it while you are still pregnant and remain active
- Reduces the chances of C-Section – C-sections often occur as a complication when natural birth cannot take place, most Mom’s look to avoid this route.
However, if you’ve already given birth – you will most likely notice your body isn’t the same as it used to be. Everything about your body will have changed in exchange for your new baby. Most women struggle with low self-esteem postpartum as well as losing baby fat on the stomach. If this is the case, you are not alone. Post-childbirth exercise will help int he following fields:
- Avoid Baby Blues: With hormonal shifts happening, exercising will help you regain your energy. It will also increase the release of good chemicals that will help prevent postpartum.
- Weight Loss Management: Exercise, of course, will help you lose baby weight and tone your body. In addition, it will enhance your stamina level to help you during motherhood.
- Ease Back Pain: Most mommy activities will involve carrying, twisting, bending and repeated lifting. This can take a toll on your back and exercise is one of the most effective ways to manage aching backs.
You need to wait until your doctor gives you the green light to exercise, both while you’re pregnant and after giving birth. Your physician should let you know what exercises you are free to do and those you should refrain from for the time being. Post-pregnancy will usually be discussed during your 6-week postnatal check-up. If you had a C-section, tearing or forceps – it is important to wait until you’re fully healed before you start exercising.
Always consult your doctor before beginning any of the following exercises:
Exercises During Pregnancy
- Strength Training
- Water Exercises
Exercises Post Pregnancy
Normally you should aim for 30 minutes of exercise every day – during or post pregnancy. When you have a baby, however, you might be struggling to find that time since you’re monitoring your baby 24/7. To fit this better into your schedule, chop it up into a more manageable time slot. You have options: 15 minute slots two times a day or 10-minute slots three times a day.
Now that you’re thinking about where to insert your exercise time slots, grab your partner or a mom buddy to join you! This will also give you the motivational support to have a continuous exercise schedule.
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