Today, Lucy Wyndham is sharing a guest post about why it is so important to make time to exercise as a mother.
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Here’s Why You Should Exercise Before and After Giving Birth
Are you expecting a baby? Then you were probably told by your health professional to do some form of exercise before giving birth. If it’s your first child, you’re likely following your prescribed exercise regimen, but if you’re a stay-at-home mom with older children, then it’s possible that you’re working out less than you should. In a study, it was found that older mothers and women who had previous children were less likely to exercise during pregnancy. It is recommended that pregnant women should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, but apart from preventing too much weight gain, what can exercise really do for you before and after giving birth? Here’s why you should workout during and after pregnancy.
It helps reduce common pregnancy aches and pains
One of the reasons why you should do moderate cardio combined with a muscle-building plan while pregnant is to reduce common pregnancy aches and pains. Pregnancy often means experiencing backaches, swelling, constipation, and bloating which are not only annoying but can be extremely uncomfortable. It’s a good idea for pregnant stay-at-home moms to do some form of exercise even if you’re preoccupied with taking care of your family. The easiest way to do this is to do 15 minutes of walking and 15 minutes of light dumbbell exercises every day to meet the recommended amount of physical activity per week.
It can help you prepare physically and mentally for labor
Exercising before giving birth can prepare your mind and body for the rigors of labor. Experts agree that doing pelvic floor exercises or Kegels may help to make labor go a bit smoother. Moreover, having a strong pelvic floor means that your bladder is supported after giving birth which prevents sudden urine leaks whenever you cough or sneeze. Stay-at-home moms can do Kegels anytime and anywhere, so the earlier you start during your pregnancy, the greater the benefits.
It can help reduce negative feelings after giving birth
Most women experience negative feelings after giving birth and some turn to natural remedies to reduce postpartum depression. What could be more natural than exercise? Working out may help improve your mood and it’s even better if you can get out of the house for a few minutes to exercise in the open air. Secure your baby inside his or her stroller and head to the park for a nice walk. Even better, find out if your local community center offers exercise classes for women which will enable you to socialize and perhaps bond with other new moms in the neighborhood.
Exercise has so many health benefits for pregnant women, so make the time for physical activity even though you’re busy with other things that you need to do to care for your family. Just 20 to 30 minutes of exercise a day can do much to help you have a healthy pregnancy, a safe delivery, and a positive mindset as you head into this adventure called motherhood.