Exercise is good for everyone, especially pregnant women and new mothers. Research has demonstrated that compared to non-exercising counterparts, pregnant and postpartum women who exercise regularly experience the following benefits:
- increased cardiovascular fitness
- reduced backaches, bloating, constipation and swelling
- decreased leg cramping
- decreased accumulation of fat
- improvement in mood, energy, posture and sleep
- decreased likelihood of requiring intervention during delivery (such as pitocin augmentation or use of vacuum or forceps)
- less time spent in active labor
- less time spent pushing
- quicker return to pre-pregnancy weight
(ACOG 2011, Clapp 2002; Sampselle et al. 1999; Ohlin & Rossner 1996)
Studies have shown that it is not only safe, but recommended, for most women to exercise throughout their entire pregnancies. However, it is important that a few modifications be made in regards to intensity, positioning, hydration and overheating. Donna Anderson has a specialty certification for pre and postnatal fitness and can implement a safe and effective regimen to optimize your health. Further consultation with your obstetrician will determine if there are any specific recommendations or contraindications.
Whether you feel like personal training or group classes are the best fit, you can work out safely while you are pregnant and return once baby is born.
For more information or to register, contact Donna Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-479-0386.