Getting pregnant does not mean giving up on your fitness routine. Rather, it will help your health—and baby’s too—if you maintained a fitness routine during pregnancy through to post-natal. Our fit mum Nina Devouge tells us why.
So you are a fitness bunny who just discovered that you are pregnant, and are not sure what workout is safe or not to do. Or you are pregnant and would like to get into a fitness regime but do not know where to start, or if you should. Whichever stage you are in, you can still become a fit mum.
Growing research shows that there are several health benefits of working out pre-, during, and post-pregnancy. These include:
- Reduced risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery
- Shorter post-delivery recovery time
- Elevated mood levels and increased energy
- Improved sleep quality
- Lower blood pressure
- Less pain in the lower back and pelvis
When you exercise, your baby also benefits from the following:
- Reduced chances of diabetes
- Better brain health
- Lower BMI
- A stronger and fitter heart
As an active person, I know how grumpy and lethargic I become when I am unable to exercise for whatever reason, which is a feeling that I do not want to expose myself or my baby to.
As a new mother, I aim to journal my journey with you and bring you more tips for staying healthy and fit as safely as possible throughout your pregnancy as your body changes.
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