Pregnancy & Exercise

Pregnant or getting pregnant? Do you want to healthy, happy baby with a higher IQ? And for added bonus do you want to experience a pregnancy with hormonal change you can handle? Then start moving! Most women benefit greatly from exercising throughout their pregnancies. For pregnant woman exercise can reduce the possibilities of getting diabetes, high blood pressure, preeclampsia and depression that can develop during gestation period and harm both mother and baby.

Since beginning of time, woman were told to do as little as possible during pregnancy. Studies show over nearly 70 percent of pregnant woman are inactive, despite advances in modern medicine. During pregnancy, estrogen skyrockets to fifty times normal levels, and progesterone increases tenfold. Exercise tones the negative ripple effect of changing hormones.

In another study in Germany, researchers elect to test whether exercise would have any influence on the painful process of labor. 84% of woman who used the stationary bike in the labor room for twenty-five minutes said contractions was less painful during exercise than at rest.

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Countless hormonal change in the body and the brain during pregnancy triggers emotional and physical discomfort. Stress, anxiety, and depression can have a frighteningly powerful impact on a pregnancy, and some extreme cases, can result in miscarriage, low birth weight, birth defects, or death of the baby.

Babies born to unhappy mothers are fussier, less responsive, harder to soothe, and have unpredictable sleep patterns. And in follow-up tests, these babies are more likely to be hyperactive and suffer cognitive impairments (low IQ). Exercise elevates expectant mother’s mood by melting away anxiety and depression.

Exercise done with certified trainer and supervision can alleviated the emotional and physical discomfort. Tide are turning, as recent as 2002, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) start recommending a minimum of thirty minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise for pregnant and postpartum mothers. It’s a potentially powerful guideline, given that nearly 30 percent of active women stop exercising when they become pregnant.

Equally important, though, is that for the first time the ACOG recommended that sedentary women begin exercising when they become pregnant, largely to counter risks such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and preeclampsia that can develop during gestation and harm both mother and child. High-risk pregnancy does need bed rest as much as the doctors recommend. For the non high-risk cases, exercise has countless benefits. All pregnant women should not play soccer, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, horseback riding or any sport where contact and falling may occur.

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