Is exercise good for my baby?
In the past, it was considered taboo for a pregnant woman to exercise. Today it is not only accepted, but also recommended. Of course, in order for the mother to be healthy, feel good in her
pregnancy and of course, that the doctor allows it. Recent scientific studies ensure that regular exercise is not only good for the breast but also for the baby. Being physically active during pregnancy has a good influence on a baby’s weight, body composition, heart health, and nervous system. Not only during pregnancy, it also impacts their childhood.
We leave you with some benefits of doing physical activity while you are pregnant.
● Reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.
● Increases the feeling of well-being and relieves mood swings and stress
● Improves the quality of rest!
● Strengthens the cardiovascular system
● Prevents stretch marks, blood clots and even varicose veins during pregnancy
● Helps with labor and makes it easier to get back to your pre-pregnancy figure faster and easier
● Increases the amount of oxygen in your body and that of your baby
● Relieves common pregnancy problems, such as back pain, posture problems and constipation
There is a belief that pregnant women are allowed to eat as much as they want why they should eat for two, but this is only half true.
Although it is important to ensure that you and your baby receive the necessary nutrients during pregnancy, being overweight or underweight can cause harm to your body and the health of your baby.
Pregnant women who are overweight are at higher risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, or damage to the baby’s heart. On the other hand, not eating well can lead to a poorly developed baby and increase the risk of premature labor.
Weight Gain during pregnancy
– During the first 3 months, many women gain very little weight, even nothing. But, if you gain a lot of weight it is because you have surely changed your eating habits, you must be careful in this.
– In the following 3 months, the baby goes through a greater growth phase and the mother gains weight in relation to this. Average weight women typically gain between 250 and 500 grams per week during the second trimester.
– In the last stage of pregnancy, women gain about 500 grams a week, the total weight gain during the last 3 months is about 4-6 kg on average.
Of course, we must bear in mind that each body is different and the weight that is gained during the pregnancy stage depends on the person. In any case, your doctor will monitor your pregnancy. Exercise during pregnancy offers many benefits for you and your baby, as long as you don’t put yourself at risk. Doctors and midwives recommend moderate exercise, which means that you should never become exhausted. If you can carry on a conversation with someone while exercising, it is a good sign that you are training at moderate intensity.
Medical Approval for Physical Activity
Before starting an exercise program, you should make sure you have
your doctor’s approval. Although exercise during pregnancy is somewhat
beneficial, it is not advisable to do it if you have the following problems:
● Some heart or lung disease
● Preeclampsia or high blood pressure
● Cervical problems
● Persistent vaginal bleeding during the second or third trimester
● Placental problems
● Labor Premature
If this is not the case, for most pregnant women at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise is recommended on most days of the week. Walking is an exercise that provides moderate aerobic conditioning with minimal stress on the joints. Other good options would be swimming, or yoga. Remember to warm up and stretch before starting any exercise and consult your doctor beforehand.