Congratulations! You are preggers! For many, this has been a roller coaster of events from missing that pesky period, to peeing on a stick, to feeling like you got hit by a spell that may put you in a deep enough sleep you'll need a Prince charming to save you. You are SO excited to be baring this soon to be beautiful baby (right now he/she is looking more like a tadpole) but it can also be a time of feeling some nausea, fatigue and headaches. I remember this all too well from my own pregnancy. Fortunately, if you feel well enough, exercising can help you alleviate a lot of these pesky symptoms and increase your energy level.
If you have been working out prior to becoming pregnant, you can continue at your normal level. Keep on running, cycling, weight lifting, yoga or whatever gets your blood pumping and mind clear. However, let me tell you, this is not the time to start a new high intensity sport. Sorry, ladies, powder-puff football is a no-no for the next nine months.
Take advantage, here are just a few of the major benefits of working out while you are pregnant:
- You will store less fat and limit your weight gain.
- Decrease pesky pregnancy symptoms such as back pain, constipation, fatigue, insomnia, nausea, swelling, urinary incontinence and varicose veins.
- You will have a stronger and better prepared body for labor & delivery.
- You will have more energy throughout your day.
- Your body will recover faster and you will get back to your pre-pregnancy weight quicker after delivery.
- Best of all... Studies are continuing to show the amazing health benefits for your baby while you stay fit! Exercise is not only safe for baby, but recommended.