As an expectant mother with an active lifestyle, I had many questions about exercising during pregnancy. After some research and discussion with my doctor, I learned the following:
Gone are the days when women are discouraged from being active during pregnancy. Unless you have a medical or pregnancy complication, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most if not all days of the week.
There are many benefits to exercising throughout pregnancy, including:
- Preventing excess weight gain and fat accumulation
- Decreased health problems such as gestational diabetes, pregnancy induced high blood pressure and postpartum depression
- Fewer pregnancy discomforts such as backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling
- Improved your mood and energy level
- Increased stamina and endurance, which will help prepare you for labor