Benefits For Mom

Physical Benefits of Maternal Exercise

  • Cardiovascular fitness increases work capacity, energy, stamina and endurance in pregnancy, the birthing process and postpartum.

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  • Improved balance and coordination, especially in the latter and more awkward months of pregnancy.
  • Improved posture looks better, lessens back and neck pain and makes breathing easier
  • Improved support of pelvic organs via pelvic floor strength helps minimize or prevent urinary incontinence, bladder or uterine prolapse, etc.
  • Fit women tend to have shorter and less complicated labors with marked decrease in the need for medical intervention, including pain relief, labor induction, interventions for fetal heart rate abnormalities, episiotomy.  Active labor has been shown to decrease by a third.
  • Exercising mom’s tend to have more energy during their pregnancies and recover faster after delivery.
  • Women may return to their pre-pregnancy weight sooner than non-exercisers.
  • Exercising Mom’s sleep better and have improved posture.
  • Moving during pregnancy can decrease your risk of varicose veins and hemorrhoids.

Benefits of strength training prior to or during pregnancy:

  • Increased strength for the demands of birthing, postpartum recovery and the challenges of caring for the baby.
  • Improved joint stability and reduced potential for injuries
  • Reduction of and relief from back pain
  • Decreased incidence or severity of varicose veins.

Psychological Benefits of Maternal Exercise:

  •  Exercise fosters feelings of well being, improved body image and enhanced self esteem.  This may lead to fewer incidences of postpartum depression.
  • Exercising mom’s experience less tension, anxiety and fatigue then their non-exercising counterparts
  • Mom’s feel more’ “in control” in an otherwise uncomfortable situation
  • Women who practice relaxation exercises as part of their exercise program help establish a stronger conditioned response to control birthing discomfort.

I can finally say yes I agree I’m beautiful, exercise made me confident.