By the editors of Pregnancy Magazine.
You’re going to gain weight during pregnancy, its inevitable, but you can exercise to help keep you in shape, make labor easier and avoid packing on too many pounds.
According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise during pregnancy can help to ease or even prevent back pain as well as other discomforts youre bound to experience, boost your mood and energy levels, help you sleep better, increase your stamina and muscle strength and prevent excess weight gain. In addition to these benefits, if you choose to exercise throughout your pregnancy, you may also be able to reduce your risk of developing gestational diabetes and pregnancy-related high blood pressure while also lessening the symptoms of developing postpartum depression, a condition that affects some moms after delivery.
Keep in mind that before you begin exercising, you should talk to your health care provider. Your OB/GYN, midwife or whomever is caring for you while youre pregnant will want you to stay away from exercise if you have some forms of heart and lung disease, cervical problems, risk factors for preterm labor or pregnancy-related high blood pressure.
If you haven’t exercised in a while, then you may want to consider starting with just five minutes of physical activity per day. You can then build up to 10 minutes, 15 minutes and so on until you get to 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
Someone who exercised before they became pregnant will likely be able to continue doing so throughout their pregnancy. But like we said, make sure you talk with your health care provider beforehand.
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