Exercise and You by: Maria Barker (Guest Post) Exercise during Pregnancy

Exercise and You

Exercise. It’s a dreaded word
amongst most of us and one that rarely passes a lot of lips. Or if
it does then we are moaning that we don’t want to consider it, or
that it’s meant for completely different people! Right now I want
you to stop, and just think, your body is going through some amazing
changes right now, and don’t you think it’s fair on that little
person growing inside you that you at least do a little bit of hard
work? Well, it doesn’t even need to be hard! Small amounts of
exercise can be really helpful throughout pregnancy.

What can I do?

You might not
have much of an exercise regime at the moment, but there is no doubt
that ever since you first came across your pregnancy symptoms that you have been wondering what you should do to
look after your baby. Taking simple steps to improve your exercise
regime can be really important. Why not consider going out for a
walk to get some food for the house (don’t buy anything too heavy)
or a gentle jog around the local park. All of these things will help
you when it comes to later on in pregnancy, and certainly when it
comes to stamina for labour. Don’t forget that labour can be
pretty intense, so having just that little bit extra stamina can
really help in the experience, feeling tired when in labour can be
one of them most annoying things!

Can exercise actually help?

What else can exercise during pregnancy
actually help? Well one example is gestational diabetes. This is
becoming an increasing problem across the world, and there are ways
in which you can try and prevent it. Although exercising isn’t
guaranteed to cut it out, there are many nutritionists and doctors
who believe that some gentle exercise throughout pregnancy can help
in prevention. Making sure you don’t sit around and feel sorry for
yourself can be a really important part in having a successful
pregnancy, and by doing some light exercise actually help you in more
ways than one! I know plenty of mothers to be who have complained of
back pain, and I know it was something that worried me, but it is
also proven that a little bit of stretching and exercise can even
lessen the effects of back problems. This can be a big issue
throughout pregnancy, so why not put a little bit of effort into it?

Try it out!

Don’t forget that you only get out
what you put in, but we aren’t asking for Arnie-esque workouts
here! A lot of local gyms and health clubs offer different sessions
for pregnant women, and they can be a really great help! Once you’ve
given birth you will try plenty of things that you haven’t even
considered before, so why not try out a bit of Yoga now, or even some
Pilates. Any kind of exercise will help you throughout your
pregnancy, and beyond, and for the sake of 30 minutes every other
day, can you really afford to turn the option down? Try something
out, you never know, you might like it!


  1. Janet W.
    January 20, 2012 / 11:12 am

    Exercising during pregnancy is so important. I see too many women not exercising just a little bit and they are going to regret it once the baby comes out!

  2. MJD's Mommy
    January 22, 2012 / 1:50 am

    This is very good information. Thank you for the post.

  3. Jasmine
    February 14, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    I'm pregnant, but every time I try to exercise I am so uncomfortable and I feel like I'm just shaking the little guy up too much in there! Ahh.

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