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Exercising During Pregnancy

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Everyone knows that exercise is very good for your

health.  During pregnancy, exercise can have many

other benefits as well.  Normally, exercise should

be light, especially during your first few weeks

of pregnancy while your body adjusts to the changes.

Any type of heavy exercise can divert the blood

flow from crucial areas, and most women that exercise

on a regular basis should tone down their workout

regimen during pregnancy.

Swimming, walking, and yoga are two very popular

exercise activities that are suitable for pregnant

women.  There are other forms of exercise such as

weight lifting that are acceptable as long as it

isn't too strenuous.  Most specialists recommend

exercise 3 - 4 times a week, unless you have a

medical condition that prevents it.  If you are ever

in doubt, you should consult a physician first.

Below, you'll find some of the best reasons as to

why you should exercise during pregnancy.

1.  Exercise can help to reduce the length

of labor and recovery time.  The right exercise

routines will also increase stamina that is needed

for delivery.

2.  Improved mental health.  Exercise can

lower stress and improve your emotional health,

making it easier for you to get through the

new experience of becoming a mother.

3.  Exercise can also help with weight

management after the child has been born.  A common

concern with most mothers is the weight they lose

after pregnancy.  During pregnancy, exercise can

make postpartum weight loss easier.

4.  Exercise is very good for your unborn

baby.  By keeping your body healthy, you are also

looking out for your baby as well.

5.  Exercise can help reduce the side effects

of pregnancy.  Symptoms such as fatigue, headaches,

swelling, and constipation are all common with

pregnant women.  Studies have shown exercise to

reduce the occurrence of these symptoms.

6.  Exercise can also decrease the risk

of premature birth.  Exercise has been proven to

decrease the risk of premature birth by at least

50%.

You should always make sure that you drink plenty

of fluids before you exercise, follow a nutritious

diet, and avoid over exertion.  You should also

listen to your body, and if you start feeling

sick you should immediately stop and rest.

If you exercise during your pregnancy, you'll find

it a lot easier to deliver when the time comes.

Exercise will help your body strengthen up, which

will make it very easy on you when you go into

the delivery room.  Women who don't exercise find

it much harder when the time comes to give birth.

Exercising during pregnancy is one of the best

things you can do for yourself and for your unborn

baby.  Your baby will reap some of the benefits,

which is reason enough to exercise.  Always be

safe when you exercise, and don't hesitate to ask

a doctor for advice if you have any questions at

all.  As long as you exercise safe and use good

common sense, you'll do a world of good for

your pregnancy.

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