Benefits Of Exercise During Pregnancy

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Regular exercise is recommended and encouraged for overall health benefits such as great physical activity, weight control, improves strength of muscles and bones, and even improves mental health. During pregnancy it is important to maintain good activity, although it is not recommended to do any strenuous exercise like lifting very heavy weights or running marathons without having been active before pregnancy. There are recommended work out routines and exercises that can be done to diminish complications at birth like major weight gain, back pains, it makes labor easier, and it prevents gestational diabetes. Exercising during pregnancy can also make it easier to regain physical fitness after birth and it makes it easier to return to pre-pregnancy body composition. Some exercises like yoga, swimming, low-impact aerobics, and walking are perfect to maintain good activity during pregnancy, without pushing the body too much. Exercises most often recommended for non-pregnant women to maintain physical fitness are exercises to improve cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal status (Pollock, Gasser and Butcher,1998). Such exercises like swimming, walking, cycling, are also recommended during pregnancy because they include the use of large muscle groups in a rhythmic matter and such exercises also help maintain a good, healthy weight. The intensity of a workout is a precaution that needs to be taken, and the intensity of the exercises mentioned can be monitored and modified to accommodate the cardiovascular capacity of the patient exercising. It is usually advised that pregnant women perform a low- moderate intensity with their work outs, which would be a 60%-70% maximal heart rate. The reason for this is that with high intensity workou... ... middle of paper ... ...next step. Kegel exercises are important at this stage because many women lose strength in the pelvic are and these exercise targets the pelvic floor and it gives it the strengthening it needs to return to its normal state prior to pregnancy. Pregnant women without complications should be encouraged to have an active workout routine taking the appropriate restrictions and modifications. If the person was very active before the pregnancy, they are able to continue an active program without pushing the body to what it is capable of doing. If a person wasn’t active they can begin a workout program gradually. Pregnant women should also be monitored to assure that the exercise they’re doing is the appropriate one for them and their baby, as each person varies from the other. Nevertheless, exercise has proven to have many benefits on pregnancy, and it should be encouraged.
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