Exercise Is Important, So Get To It!
Fitness Expert Sara Jones explains the importance of exercise during pregnancy, even if you have never exercised before! Your question:
I have just found out that I am pregnant. Now that I am changing everything about my life, I would like to change the sedentary lifestyle I lead. I keep reading about all of the benefits of exercise for the mom and baby during pregnancy. But, can I workout when I am pregnant even if I haven't worked out before the pregnancy?
The fitness expert answers:
Absolutely! However, you first need to be cleared from your midwife or obstetrician before starting any sort of prenatal or postnatal exercise program. There is so much research out there that shows the huge benefits of exercise and fitness on the unborn baby. It simply baffles me to think that there are actually women out there that are pregnant that are NOT exercising!
As you had mentioned, the benefits of prenatal exercise are so positive, for example better body composition for the new baby, higher IQs and speech development for the new baby, higher APGAR scores, better mood and more energy for the mother, less aches and pains associated with pregnancy, etc.
There is a lot you need to keep in mind with your prenatal exercise program. It would be a good idea to consult a degreed and certified exercise specialist who is educated and certified in pre- and postnatal exercise training.
A couple questions to ask about would include trimester progression and limitations, pregnancy related risk factors and contraindications, tight and loose muscles that need to be targeted for pregnant women. There is so much that you need to change, so keep educated or pay someone to educate you so that you do not hurt yourself or your baby.
Also research has shown that the mother who quits working out halfway through her pregnancy is WORSE off than the sedentary mother who does not even workout at all! So, if you are planning a prenatal exercise program, make sure you stick with it -- all of the benefits will be your reward at the end.