Delivering a baby is arguably the most momentous life event that happens for a woman. The process leading up to the big day makes a significant impact on how she feels during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Also, a mother 's health during pregnancy has a profound effect on her unborn child. A new mother doesn’t have to already exercise to begin a healthy fitness led lifestyle to make a difference for her and her baby.
Necessary preparation and care before the big event are met with exercise for women whose obstetrician or physician gives them permission to do so. Each exercise program is tailored to each woman's health, current skill level, and stage in pregnancy.
Why should I exercise during pregnancy?
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What kind of impact does exercise make on my unborn baby?
*APGAR score is done by a doctor, midwife, or nurse and they check the baby’s breathing effort, heart rate, muscle tone, reflexes, and skin color.
Sounds like a good idea to exercise, right? Right! However, It does come with some new challenges to be aware of so you can be prepared for your pregnancy. For example, the belly grows outward and downward which causes abdominal pressure and pelvic floor pressure. This can weaken surrounding muscles and tissues which means rehab and postnatal specific strength training exercises will become necessary. Also, anterior pelvic tilt with belly growing outward and rounding shoulders with breasts growing, so postural work and low back pain relief are important.
What are some examples of exercise I can do while pregnant?*
*written clearance and any contraindications are needed before choosing a form of exercise that is most appropriate. Also take into account as your body is changing, so too may the form of exercise you do. Choosing exercises that you have done prior to pregnancy are best, for example starting to run or do high impact exercise for the first time when becoming pregnant and having never ran before may be contraindicated.
I’ll talk more about exercise specifics in Prenatal Exercise Part 2. And you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on pre/postnatal training.
Congratulations on expecting a child! If you’re feeling up for it and your doctors permit, an exercise program will be a fantastic way for you to feel confident and ready for your big delivery day.