Many of you ask if it is possible to practice physical activity while pregnant. The answer is yes! It is even advisable to have one in order to keep in shape and morale during your pregnancy. Being pregnant does not prevent you from exercising; on the contrary! Sport brings many benefits to pregnant women and their babies.
However, care should be taken to have a reasonable activity that does not endanger the baby. We will therefore favor sports such as walking, swimming, or soft gym, and we will rule out more “aggressive” sports such as team sports, percussion sports, or horse riding.
To help you find motivation and (re) get involved in sport while pregnant, we provide you with the main benefits of the sport during pregnancy.
1. Sport has a real positive impact on your morale
It allows you to feel good, to be calmer, less anxious and gives you the feeling of being physically in good shape. Plus, it can help you decrease mood swings and improve self-confidence. Enough to keep morale high for 9 months!
2. Moving helps you sleep
When you are pregnant, especially during the last few months, your sleep is often disturbed. Regular physical activity will therefore allow you to use up excess energy and improve your sleep. However, we do not recommend that you train within 3 hours of going to sleep.
3. Carrying out an activity promotes the good progress of a childbirth
It also decreases the need for medical intervention (especially cesarean delivery). Indeed, sport improves your breathing capacities and will make you more enduring on the day of childbirth.
4. Doing sport allows you to better control your weight gain
And therefore to limit back pain. It also helps to regain the line faster after childbirth and to lose stubborn pounds more easily.
5. Getting active therefore helps you maintain your muscles and strengthen your abdominal belt.
The sport will also promote rehabilitation of the perineum after your pregnancy.
6. Physical activity regulates your blood sugar
This allows you to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes by 36%. It, therefore, helps to ward off the risks associated with diabetes (fatigue, hypertension, baby’s weight gain, etc.).
7. Exercising is beneficial for you but also for the baby.
His brain development, mental health, weight, and heart will only be better thanks to your activity!
8. Small bonus:
Working out through sport is a good way to eliminate calories, which will allow you to indulge in little culinary pleasures throughout your pregnancy without feeling guilty!
Obviously, it is essential to seek the advice of your doctor or the person following you before starting any physical activity! Also, it is important to take it gradually, especially if you are just new to the sport.
So with all these good reasons, why go without? On your sneakers, 3,2,1 sweat!