While exercising and staying active during pregnancy is often encouraged, it is important that you check with your OBGYN first; especially if you have a high risk pregnancy or have not exercised prior to becoming pregnant.
If you normally get little to no exercise, walking 30 minutes a day is a good way to start getting active. Walking is usually safe because it does not put too much pressure on your joints and still gives you a full body workout.
Exercise helps with:
-Strengthening and preparing your body for all the changes it will go through (from pregnancy, birthing, to post-pregnancy)
-Regulating blood sugar
-Regulating blood pressure
-Easing back pain
-Strengthening your cardiovascular system (improved circulation helps prevent hemorrhoids, varicose veins, leg cramps, and ankle swelling)
-Strengthens the respiratory system
-Improving metabolism and digestion (helps prevent constipation)
-Improving sleep quality
-Preparing your body for a quicker recovery after delivery
Elina Skripochnik PT, DPT, CSCS
Elina is a Physical Therapist with experience in women's health and pediatrics. She aims to educate women on the importance of becoming and staying active during pregnancy, as well as to provide safe and easy exercises that can be done throughout pregnancy and beyond.