There are still many misconceptions about exercising while pregnant. However, it can be a massive benefit for both you and your baby! If you have consulted with your doctor and have the go-ahead to continue exercising, then there are plenty of great benefits that you can look forward to.
One of the major benefits to exercising during pregnancy is the same as exercising at any stage of your life, and that simply is to feel better. Exercising while pregnant increases your energy levels and will allow your body to release endorphins that are scientifically proven to make you feel better. Exercise can help you strengthen and tone your muscles, which will improve your posture and relieve backaches. It can also help to stop wear and tear on your joints, as you may not be aware that hormonal changes during pregnancy cause them to become looser, by producing more lubricating fluid.
If you ask most mums, they will tell you that it can become difficult to sleep at night whilst pregnant. Exercise can really help here as it helps to alleviate any anxiety and stress so you can get a good night’s sleep.
Exercise is a great way to prepare your body for birth. When you have a heart in great working condition and strong muscles, this can all help with your labour and delivery. This is especially true for lengthy labour’s where you will need good endurance. The best maternity sports bras will keep you comfortable, supported and make working out a lot easier. You can also pair this with a nursing sports top over your bra if you wish to cover up a bit more but still have the convenienve of nursing if needed.
Finally, while it is not the most important thing, it is good to know that keeping fit whilst pregnant will help you to regain your pre-pregnancy body faster. Exercising whilst pregnant will mean gaining less fat and will make things easier once your new baby is here.