Fitness

Is it safe to exercise in Pregnancy?

From the Workshop by Dr Ruchira Tendolkar-BFY technical director
Edited:  Kartikeya Chaturvedi

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Scientific studies consistently confirm the numerous and outstanding benefits of exercise during pregnancy both for the mother and her developing baby. These benefits are now widely recognized throughout the medical, birthing and fitness communities

Pregnancy affords a unique window of opportunity for women to actively engage in health enhancing activities. Maternal concern for her baby increases the mother’s motivation to form better health habits during pregnancy. Physically active women are more likely to adopt other healthy lifestyle choices. Good habits established at this time can last a lifetime and provide profound benefits for the mother, baby and other family members.

BENEFITS OF EXERCISE DURING PREGNANCY

  1. More efficient delivery of blood and oxygen to the heart & brain enhancing concentration and energy levels
  2. Helps manage or prevent gestational diabetes
  3. Controls weight gain in an effective manner with all the physical benefits of exercise
  4. Enhances body image, confidence and self awareness
  5. Improves posture and results in fewer aches and pains
  6. Aids in quicker post partum recovery
  7. Decreases incidence of falls
  8. Reduces stress, anxiety and insomnia, imparting an overall improvement in sleeping pattern, lowering risk for depression
  9. A larger placenta develops which increases the capacity to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, nutrients and waste products.
  10. Increases the cardiovascular capacity of the baby

BENEFITS OF EXERCISE DURING LABOUR AND DELIVERY

  1. Shorter first and second stages of labour
  2. Enhanced pain tolerance
  3. Increased stamina for labour and delivery with lesser perceived exertion during labour
  4. Lower incidences of intervention during labour
  5. Good pelvic muscle tone and flexibility resulting in lesser chance of tearing/episiotomies

HEALTHY MOMS RAISE HEALTHY CHILDREN!

Healthy active women are positive role models and are more likely to pass on their healthy lifestyles to their children. They also give birth to leaner, stronger, healthier babies, who may even have better motor functioning and cardiovascular capacity as adults

From the Workshop by Dr Ruchira Tendolkar-BFY technical director

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