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Bod before Baby - Why Exercise is Important before Getting Pregnant

Bod before Baby - Why Exercise is Important before Getting Pregnant

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Bod before Baby - Why Exercise is Important before Getting Pregnant

Getting your bod ready for pregnancy? First off, CONGRATULATIONS on this new journey ahead. Prepping your body for pregnancy is going to be so beneficial for you and your future little one, as well!

We all know that every woman's body is unique and different. Realistically, we should not expect to have the same pre-natal experience as our family members, friends, co-workers and colleagues. However, one common factor that we should all practice prior to pregnancy is maintaining a healthy body! One way to go about this? Sticking to a consistent, light to moderate exercise routine. 

 

My TOP five reasons why exercise is important prior to pregnancy:

  1. ACTIVITY IS CRUCIAL. When you are active prior to pregnancy, you are more prone to remaining active throughout. I always encourage my clients to create a realistic schedule that they can stick to. Babies will begin to pick up on your activity level, reaping the benefits of any form of movement while in utero! How incredible is that?

  2. HEALTHY WEIGHT GAIN. You are more prone to maintaining a healthy weight gain throughout your future pregnancy. We all know that gaining weight is completely normal and a part of pregnancy’s beautiful journey. However, there is a specific range of healthy weight-gain that your doctor will advise you stick to.

  3. MOOD BOOSTER. One of the best feelings in the world? That post exercise adrenaline rush! Your mood may be inconsistent during this time, but working out has shown to produce better moods for moms-to-be!

  4. ENERGY. You’ll sleep better which leads to you feeling way more refreshed, energized and revived. This increase in energy may also lower any anxiety and stress. Who doesn’t want that? 

  5. LESS SWELLING. During pregnancy, your body will hold onto more fluid, which leads to swelling. Exercise will help limit this by boosting and improving your body's blood flow.  

 

My TOP five favorite activities for women trying to conceive:

  1. Light Weight Training. 2-3 days a week of light-moderate weight training can lead to a stronger core, more muscle tone, strength and overall endurance. All of this could lead to a stress-free labor and childbirth. 

  2. Walking. Whether you go on a brisk walk outdoors or take it to the treadmill, 30-45 minutes of walking will lead to better circulation of blood to the extremities.

  3. Stretching. Appropriate stretches can lead to increased flexibility. More flexibility leads to less backaches and better posture.

  4. Swimming. Aerobic exercises will strengthen your heart. Like walking, this will boost oxygen levels in your blood.

  5. Prenatal Yoga. Not only will this also help you stretch, but taking time to disconnect and meditate will reap mental benefits, too. This can help you relax and have more peace of mind, improving your overall well-being. 

If none of the above is your thing, that is totally OK! Find something that you love that keeps you moving!

Having a baby is one of the most beautiful decisions made in life. Give yourself grace through the process. Making positive lifestyle changes from nutrition to fitness will definitely lead to a healthier you. The healthier you are, the healthier your pregnancy and baby will be. 


 

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