Exercise During Pregnancy : An Important Part Of Being Healthy For People Of All Ages
Exercise is an important part of being healthy for people of all ages. Exercise improves heart and lung function and helps maintain strength, flexibility, and a healthy body weight. Exercise also boosts energy levels and elevates mood.
For most women, maintaining an exercise routine throughout pregnancy is recommended. Only on rare occasions, and with certain medical conditions or pregnancy complications, are women asked to limit or avoid exercise during pregnancy.
WHAT ARE SOME OTHER BENEFITS TO EXERCISING DURING PREGNANCY?
Along with maintaining strength and flexibility, exercising throughout pregnancy can help to:
• Keep muscles strengthened that are very important during labor and childbirth.
• Decrease low back pain during pregnancy.
• Decrease the risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).
• Improve blood sugar (glucose) control for women who have GDM.
• Decrease the risk of developing preeclampsia. This is a serious condition that causes high blood pressure along with other symptoms, such as swelling and headaches.
• Decrease the risk of cesarean birth.
• Speed up the recovery after giving birth.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I EXERCISE?
Unless told otherwise by your health care provider, you should try to exercise most, if not all, days of the week. In general, try to exercise with moderate intensity for about 150 minutes per week. This can be spread out across several days, such as exercising for 30…