The answer is…YES! According to ACOG guidelines (The American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists), “Women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be encouraged to engage in aerobic and strength-conditioning exercises before, during, and after pregnancy”. It is recommended that pregnant and postpartum women get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity spread throughout the week. Here are just a few of the benefits of staying fit during pregnancy:
- Women who exercise during pregnancy have been shown to have a decrease risk of cesarean birth, operative vaginal delivery and reduced postpartum recovery time.
- Feel more energetic throughout pregnancy.
- Helps prevent depressive disorders in the postpartum period.
- Experience less overall bodily pains and aches during pregnancy; in particular lower lumbar and sciatic.
- A reduced risk of gestational hypertensive disorders, gestational hypertension and lower glucose levels.
- Experience quicker recovery postpartum.
- Aerobic training in pregnancy has been shown to increase aerobic capacity in normal weight and overweight pregnant women
Here are some great types of exercise to do while pregnant:
- Stationary cycling
- Prenatal fitness classes
- Dancing (low impact)
- Resistance exercises (eg, using weights, elastic bands)
- Stretching exercises
- Hydrotherapy, water aerobics
If you are pregnant or have recently given birth, try one of my online virtual classes for FREE! Send me a message or check out the Perinatal Fitness Class page for more information and schedule.
The takeaway is, do not be afraid to workout or begin a fitness program while pregnant! It is the BEST thing you can do for yourself and your little one.
*Please consult with your physician or OB before beginning any fitness program during pregnancy and postpartum.
For more information about exercise guidelines, visit: http://www.acog.org