Here are the benefits of exercising while you are pregnant:
-Women who continue to exercise throughout pregnancy had a higher incidence of uncomplicated, spontaneous delivery and their length of labor was shorter than those that did not exercise by nearly one third (spontaneous=NOT INDUCED with medicine/drugs!).
-Exercising during pregnancy provides greater energy reserves and enables mammas to cope more easily with everyday tasks of living.
-Staying stretched and flexible reduces back discomfort, muscular tension and leg cramping. It also helps to maintain good posture and assists with labor positions.
-Women who exercise throughout their pregnancy gain, on average, 8 pounds less than women who do not exercise (translation: less to lose! wahoo!).
-Exercise helps to keep the digestive system regular and aids in avoidance of hemorrhoids.
-Babies of women who exercise throughout the pregnancy are less stressed during the delivery process.
-Women who do not exercise during their pregnancy retain 3 times more pregnancy weight then those who do exercise.
-Moms who exercise re-gain, on average, 85% of their pre pregnancy abdominal tone, while non exercisers only gain 48%.
-Exercise helps reduce swelling!
-Moms are better able to meet the demands of motherhood when they feel fit and healthy.
Convinced that exercise during pregnancy is a healthy choice? Great! Tune in next week and find out what is safe and what isn't!