Keeping Active during Pregnancy - the benefits.
How pregnancy exercise can help you have a more comfortable pregnancy, with fewer complication, smoother labour and faster postnatal recovery. Not only is beneficial for mum but for baby too!
Pregnancy is a very special time for women and it is very important to continue to be exercise moderately and not put their feet up and start easting for two! Pregnancy is not an illness and women that exercise during their pregnancy can enjoy the following benefits:
-Improves circulation which can reduce swelling and ease gastrointestinal discomforts
-Reduces leg cramp-Increases energy
-Helps control weight gain.
-Helps improve moods & self-image.
-Strengthens core muscles to support the growing bump which can help reduce lower back ache
-Able to maintain daily activity level as pregnancy progresses.
-Reduction in perceived pain during labour
-Faster Postnatal recovery
It has been shown that the exercise mums do during pregnancy doesn’t just effect them but their developing babies. Akhavan et al.(2008) found that maternal exercise during pregnancy has a beneficial influence on the development of the foetal brains in rats that they had better memory and learning. E. Labonte-Lemoyne et al (2013) showed this to be true of human babies too and their latest research found that babies who mothers who are exercised during pregnancy had a more mature and more effective brain patterns.
Women that participate in low/moderate exercise during pregnancy have reduced frequency of pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia (PE) and pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH). Regular aerobic exercise during their pregnancy showed lower occurrence of fetal macrosomia (newborn weighing more than 4kg 8.8lbs) and gestational diabetes than those who did not leading to few complications during delivery such as postpartum hemorrhage, Cesarean sections, shoulder dystocia, birth traumas, and the risk of developing obesity and diabetes mellitus later in life at delivery (Tomić et al 2013). Tomic et al (2013) also showed that women who participated in low- and moderate-intensity physical activities didn’t have an increase risk of a low birth weight baby.
The effect of maternal exercise during pregnancy on abnormal fetal growth
Vlatka Tomić,1 Goran Sporiš,2 Jozo Tomić,1 Zoran Milanović,3 Djurdja Zigmundovac-Klaić,4 and Saša Pantelić3