The Benefits of Exercise for Pregnant Women
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In this two part blog series, we will discuss the benefits of exercise for women who are pregnant. 

Pregnancy is a very wonderful thing. As amazing as this is though, it is a very delicate stage as well since pregnant women no longer act for just themselves but also for the baby they are carrying. Most would-be moms are aware of the things they have to do to ensure that their babies are born healthy. And one of those things is getting enough exercise during pregnancy. Some pregnant mothers are afraid to do this because they are afraid that it may be risky. That is true if you do not know what exercises to do.

Getting enough exercise while you are pregnant is important because it helps with keeping your muscles strong, it builds your stamina and promotes good circulation. Heavy exercise is, of course, not recommended. When you are able to get enough exercise, you will surely be healthy during the pregnancy and you will also be able to handle the stress during labor and delivery. It is also helps with easing the hormonal issues during this time. Exercise helps the body to release serotonin which is a happy hormone making you feel more at ease during your pregnancy. It also helps you with minimizing the number of aches and pains that you get while you are pregnant.

Make sure that you consult with your doctor to find the right exercise for you because there are some sensitive pregnancies. When choosing the right exercise, you have to choose one that will keep your energy level high and burn calories too. Yoga and stretching exercises are among the most popular exercises for pregnant women since this helps with strengthening the muscles especially the ones on the lower back. The lower back muscles are the muscles most exhausted during labor so keeping them strong is important. Another important exercise for pregnant women is walking. It is the easiest exercise to do for anyone.

The most time a pregnant woman should exercise is around 30 minutes. Prolonged exercises can cause both you and the unborn child discomfort. You have to make sure that you do simple and easy exercises and to find out the right technique you should use to ensure the safety of both you and your baby. Make sure to avoid bouncing or doing jerky movements, doing exercises on your back after your first trimester and exercising outdoors when it is hot because these are risky to your pregnancy. You can also ask someone to do the workout with you or do it from home, especially on hot days, with the help of some fitness equipment you may have available.

Exercise can help you with making your pregnancy easier and with getting your body back after the pregnancy. There are a lot of misconceptions that exercise can endanger the pregnancy but doctors actually recommend it so that should keep your mind at ease. The important thing is to take note of what your doctor would recommend and doing it right so you can go through your pregnancy with less stress and more energy.  

Keep an eye out for next weeks blog post, where we discuss different exercise methods to help women who are pregnant

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