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MUST READ FOR PREGNANT WOMEN: Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?

Mofe'tiOluwa

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It is often thought that a pregnant woman cannot or should not exercise, but this is just one of the misconceptions surrounding pregnancy. As long as a pregnant woman is healthy, she can exercise. Exercise in pregnancy is highly beneficial and safe for most women.

Exercise is so beneficial during pregnancy that it is recommended that healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies exercise moderately for at least 20 to 30 minutes every day or most days of the week. So, what are the benefits of exercise during pregnancy? Here are some of them:

  • It manages weight gain
  • It boosts mood, improves sleep and reduces aches and pains
  • It lowers your risk of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes
  • It prepares you for childbirth by strengthening muscles and building endurance
  • It makes it easier for you to lose weight after delivery
  • It increases your energy
  • It improves your posture
  • It helps reduce constipation, bloating and swelling

In case you are wondering, you should also know that exercise during pregnancy does not put you at risk of miscarriage as long as your pregnancy is healthy. Before you exercise however, you should consult with your health care provider. When you have the OK, by all means, exercise, but there are some guidelines you should follow for the purpose of safety:

  • Do not exercise when the weather is hot or humid
  • Do not exercise till the point where you are extremely tired
  • Wear well-fitting shoes suitable for exercise
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise
  • Wear lose fitting, comfortable clothes
  • Do not hold your breath for an extended period of time while exercising
  • Avoid exercises that require extensive jumping, skipping, bouncing or hopping
  • Avoid waist-twisting movements while standing
  • Avoid exercises where falling is more likely

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Mofeyintioluwa is a health enthusiast who has particular interests in nutrition and fitness. She also loves music and enjoys reading Christian biographies. She thinks social work and public health are noble professions. Ultimately, she's exclusively for Jesus.

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