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Benefits Of Exercise During Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant, you know how difficult it is to find the energy to get moving. But this should inspire you: light exercise during pregnancy several times per week can provide great health benefits to both you and your baby.

Regular exercise during pregnancy can help ease stress and tension, promote a strong heart in your baby, support healthy weight gain, and reduce your risk of preeclampsia.

We’re not talking about hours of intense aerobics, just about half an hour or so of activity several days per week.

Exercise During Pregnancy Makes a Healthy Stress-Reliever

It’s not all in your mind–you truly are affected by stress more when you are pregnant. Too much stress can have harmful effects on you and your baby, so it is important that you take time to relieve your tension.

Several studies have shown that exercise can provide great benefits to a mother and her baby. Water aerobics has proven to lower stress levels during pregnancy. This activity keeps pressure off of the joints and can be especially refreshing during the summer months.

Exercise During Pregnancy Supports Baby’s Healthy Heart

Physical activity also supports the development of a strong, healthy baby. Whether you choose a brisk walk, yoga, or other physician-approved activity, exercise may improve the strength of a baby’s cardiovascular system.

Research shows that pregnant women who exercise for at least 30 minutes three times per week are helping to improve the heart health of their babies. These benefits are  measurable even one month after birth.

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