LIVING WELL




Exercising During Pregnancy

 

 


Although you may not feel like running a marathon, most women benefit greatly from exercising throughout their pregnancies. There is no doubt about it – exercise is a big plus for both you and your baby. It can help you feel better at a time when you wonder if your body can possibly be yours and exercise can increase your sense of control and boost your energy level. It can help relieve backaches and improve your posture by strengthening and toning muscles, and it helps prevent wear and tear on your joints which become loosened during pregnancy due to hormonal changes.

Stronger muscles and a fit heart can greatly ease labor and delivery and help you and your body prepare for birth. It will help you regain your pre-pregnancy body more quickly. You’ll gain less fat weight during your pregnancy if you continue to exercise.

I find myself an expert on this subject. In other words, I feel your pain. I have had 3 children, and I understand the toll that having a baby can take on a woman’s body. I gained over 70 pounds with my first child. I was under the VERY false impression that I would lose all my weight immediately upon giving birth.

With my second child I was a lot smarter. I exercised throughout my pregnancy and gave birth to a 10- pound baby without any trouble at all.

With my third child, I continued my exercise program and this birth was again easy. I will say that I have found that the more children that you have the harder it is to lose your extra weight. Your body most likely will not look exactly like it did before children, but it can get very close with work and patience. Take it from me, keep exercising and start back as soon as possible after giving birth. It makes not only your physical appearance better, but your emotional wellbeing better as well. Once again, you may not feel like running a marathon, but you will benefit greatly from exercise throughout your pregnancy. Just discuss your exercise plans with your doctor first.

Lynn Pass is owner of The Gym in Oneonta. She
holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human
Performance from Auburn University and personal
training and aerobic certifications in ACE, AFFA, and
ACSM.