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3 Reasons You Should Engage in Physical Activity During Pregnancy

by Regina Perry

Pregnancy is an exciting journey that is characterized by a lot of physical and emotional changes, and women have various experiences during this period. Some have an easy time while others experience a few difficulties in the course of the journey. However, even with all the different needs and experiences during the nine or so months, one thing is sure – physical exercise is necessary for every woman. Unfortunately, due to the fatigue and changes associated with this journey, many women do not engage in meaningful exercise. If you are one such woman, this article will attempt to convince you why you should put some effort into working out during your pregnancy.

Keep back pains at bay

The weight of the baby plus the changes in the body can cause severe back pain during the second and third trimesters in pregnancy. As the lower abdomen grows large, it pulls the arch of the back forward and strains the joints and discs in the lower back. The resulting pain from the stress can prevent you from walking and sitting comfortably, sleeping, and even taking part in regular activities. Exercises that focus on strengthening the core can go a long way in preventing back pain. Make sure that you engage in mild workouts and appropriate yoga poses. Taking a walk every day is also a great way of exercising your back.

Reduce swelling and bloating

Due to the additional fluid and blood in your body during pregnancy, it is normal to notice swelling in your hands, legs, ankles and feet. Similarly, the changes can cause digestion problems such as bloating and constipation. Regular cardio exercises and mild strength training can help improve blood flow to the areas of the body that tend to accumulate fluid during pregnancy. This can help relieve swelling and prevent it from reoccurring. Also, as you work out, the physical activity generates energy that speeds up things in the digestive system and helps prevent bloating and constipation.

Improve moods and sleep

Regular exercise can dramatically improve your mood while pregnant and help you achieve good sleep. As you engage in physical activity, the body releases endorphins, which are known as "feel good hormones." These hormones relieve stress and anxiety, improve your overall mood, and promote better mental health. A few minutes of exercise at least three times a week can make you feel relaxed, and this will enable you to sleep well at night.

It is important to include exercise in your weekly routine during your pregnancy. Consult your obstetrician if you are unsure of what forms of physical activity to engage in during this beautiful journey.

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