Prenatal Exercise - The Benefits and Importance

Updated: Jan 28, 2020

If you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, it is safe, and often recommended, to continue or start regular physical activity. Before starting an exercise program, it is important to discuss exercising with your obstetrician or other members of your health care team. If your health care professional gives you the OK to exercise, you can begin to integrate activities into your weekly routine. Continue reading to determine what exercises are safe and how they can benefit you.

Benefits for you:

There has been countless data reports to support the idea that prenatal exercise is beneficial. Benefits include, but are not limited to, the 10 listed below.

1: Reduces back pain by improving posture

2: Reduces risk of gestational diabetes

3: Reduces risk of preeclampsia (Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure)

4: Decreases chance of needing an unplanned Caesarean section

5: Decreases chance of needing an obstetric intervention (vacuum extraction)

6: On average, women who exercise during pregnancy have a shorter labor by 50 minutes.

7: Better quality sleep

8: Increased energy levels and mood

9: Faster weight loss post-delivery

10: Promotes healthy weight gain

and more!