Topic: 15 Best Pregnancy Exercises by Trimester, According to Experts
Whether you were a workout fanatic pre-pregnancy or didn’t exercise at all, you may be wondering if exercise is even safe during pregnancy and what movements you can and cannot do. Between conflicting advice from family and friends and influencers touting unsafe prenatal exercise practices online, it can be difficult to sort past the prenatal exercise misinformation and find evidence-based guidelines.
That’s why fitness experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Wellness Lab sat down with P.volve’s Clinical Advisory Board to answer all of your questions on safe prenatal workouts, as well as the best pregnancy exercises by trimester.
What are the benefits of exercising during pregnancy?
From reducing back pain to promoting healthy weight gain during pregnancy, the benefits of prenatal exercise are vast. “Studies have shown that women who exercise during pregnancy are more likely to have an uncomplicated vaginal delivery and a quicker recovery post delivery,” says Dr. Suman Tewari, OBGYN, Clinical Advisory Board Member at P.volve.
Regular exercise during pregnancy can strengthen your heart and blood vessels and ease constipation (a pesky pregnancy symptom). Exercise is also important in the postpartum period, as it can help improve mood and decrease the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.
Not only is movement great for you, but it’s incredible for your baby as well. “Women who exercised during pregnancy showed a lower incidence of complications such as excessive gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes, gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, preterm birth, lower birth weight, cesarean birth and operative vaginal delivery,” Dr. Tewari shares.
Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?
Dr. Tewari says it is safe and highly recommended that women with uncomplicated pregnancies exercise throughout their pregnancy. “Exercise is essential for optimal health – both for your mind and your body – and living a vibrant life.”
“General guidelines advise that women who were engaged in vigorous physical activity prior to pregnancy can continue these activities during pregnancy and the postpartum period,” Dr. Tewari says, but don’t be surprised if you have to tone down the intensity of your workouts as you adapt to the many changes happening in your body. Dr. Tewari adds that it’s perfectly safe to exercise up until the end of your pregnancy, but that it’s important to consult with your obstetric provider who may recommend modifications to your exercise routine.
Topic Discussed: 15 Best Pregnancy Exercises by Trimester, According to Experts