By now, we all know that exercise is good for both mom and baby. But did you know that exercise could help you prevent pregnancy associated disease such as Gestational Diabetes (GDM)? Recent studies have found that women who were the most physically active had the least chance of getting GDM. This is important because prevention of GDM may decrease the incidence of obesity and diabetes for both mother and baby.
But that’s not all. Exercise during pregnancy has been found to reduce incidence of preeclampsia and pregnancy associated obesity.
Women who exercise during pregnancy can expect a lesser incidence of all of the following:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Varicose Veins
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Low Back Pain
Virtually all of the discomforts and challenges of pregnancy can be lessened or eliminated through a safe exercise program. Commit to get fit or stay fit for you and your baby. It’s important to find a safe exercise program that you can continue with throughout your pregnancy.
Consistency is probably the most important part of a prenatal exercise program. Many pregnant women still do not meet the physical activity recommendations of ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists). ACOG recommends exercise for all pregnant women without medical or obstetric complications. Not unlike the non-pregnant population, the recommendation for exercise is an accumulation of 30 minutes of exercise on most if not all days of the week.
Listen to your body. Exercise should feel good and should not cause pain. Remember, pregnancy is not a state of sickness. To maximize health during this special time, get out and exercise!