With so much to think about during pregnancy, exercise can be the last thing on your mind. Yet making time for exercise while pregnant will ensure you are healthier and better prepared for labor. Still not convinced? These are the benefits of staying fit during your prenatal period:
- Energy Boost. Believe it or not, regular exercise while pregnant will help keep your pregnancy from draining your energy.
- Better Sleep. Having an extra 15 pounds on your tummy can make it hard to find a comfortable sleeping position. Regular exercise will allow you to relax and get a more restful sleep.
- Reduce Discomfort. By stretching and strengthening your muscles, your body is better equipped to cope with the aches and pains that come with pregnancy. Walking will improve circulation, swimming can help strengthen your abs, and stretching will help ease back pain!
- Be Prepared. The better shape you’re in, the stronger you’ll be during labor and delivery time.
- Reduce Stress. Preparing for a child can give you many emotions: excitement, fear, anxiety and anticipation. Exercise will help boost your serotonin levels, lifting your mood and controlling your emotions.
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TRIPLE BERRY POWER SMOOTHIE
This smoothie is a great way to replenish post workout (remember, exercise responsibly and talk to your doctor about what the best exercise plan for you is!). It’s packed with electrolytes for muscle recovery, including calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
1/2 frozen banana
1 1/4 cups mixed blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries
1/2 cup spinach or kale
2 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
2 T chia seeds
1 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg or cardamom
Pinch of fine sea salt
Place all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and whirl away until smooth.
If you do no other exercise during pregnancy, at least do Kegel Exercises.
Kegel exercises strengthen all the muscles supporting your urogenital track, this helps prevent incontinence during and after pregnancy. Studies have shown that regularly doing Kegels during and after pregnancy can help decrease the odds of complications. Studies have also shown that women who do pelvic floor exercises may have shorter active phases of labor than other women. And finally, Kegels have even been shown to boost your sex drive and help you reach orgasm more easily. Bonus!