Thursday, April 21, 2011

Exercising during pregnancy......get fit for 2

A common question that most expectant mothers ask me..."What are the benefits of staying active during pregnancy?"

Following are some of the reasons why you should :
  • Feel better - At a time when a woman wonders if this strange body can possibly be hers, exercise can increase her sense of control and boost energy levels. Endorphins –the feel good hormones released by the brain reduce anxiety & stress levels
  • Relieve backaches and improve  posture by strengthening and toning muscles in the  back, buttocks and thighs
  • Reduce constipation by accelerating movement in the intestine
  • Prevent wear and tear of the  joints by activating the lubricating synovial fluid in the  joints which become loosened during pregnancy due to normal hormonal changes
  • Improves sleep  by relieving the stress and anxiety that might make the mother to be  restless at night
  • Look better - Exercise increases the blood flow to the  skin, giving it a healthy glow.
  • Reduce chances of pregnancy related diseases-exercising women have lesser chances of developing gestational diabetes & high blood pressure
  • Prepare mother  and her body for birth - Strong muscles and a fit heart can greatly ease labor and delivery. Gaining control over  breathing can help  manage pain. And in the event of a lengthy labor, increased endurance can be a real help.
  • Regain pre pregnancy body more quickly – exercising women tend to gain less fat weight during  pregnancy. Most of the weight that is gained is that of the fetus, placenta & body fluids. Hence it is easier to come back to pre pregnancy weight & body shape.
Exercise is a big plus for both mother and baby provided complications don't limit her ability to exercise throughout pregnancy. 

Healthy Living 

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