Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Exercising During Pregnancy
For many women, pregnancy means loss of energy, nasuea, and body aches. These are just a few of the many symptoms experienced by women as the growing fetus in their womb grows. However, exercise during pregnancy is vital for both mother and child. For most pregnant women, at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily is recommended.
Not only can exercise prevent you from gaining excess weight and ease or prevent back pain and other discomforts, it can help boost your energy level and reduce the risk of gestational diabetes. It can also help prevent pregnancy-related high blood pressure, postpartum depression, increase stamina and muscle strength, which helps you prepare for labor (making it easier to give birth). Plus most women who exercise during pregnancy often have a faster recovery from labor, and their baby will tend to be leaner and calmer.
In addition, a recent study done by Richard E. Nisbett, author of Intelligence and How to Get It, states that
"Children whose mother exercised 30 minutes a day score around eight points higher on standard IQ tests than children whose mothers were more sedentary."Another study conducted by researchers from Kansas City University
of Medicine and Bioscience stated, "When the mom exercises during pregnancy, the unborn baby gets the same type of
training effect that you would see in an adult, maternal exercise may be the earliest intervention to improve the heart
of children and possibly the best."
Get those walking shoes on, soak up some sunshine (Vitamin D), and start moving!
You and your baby will both benefit from the physical activity and I am sure baby will be happy with your decision :)
Exercising during pregnancy is not right for everyone...Please consult your physican before starting any exercise program.