Pregnancy affects different women in different ways. The experience of one expectant mother may not be the same as that of another. Pregnancy affects the body health and hormones of an expectant mother in ways that sometimes result in discomfort and a lot of stress. The most common advice that most doctors give to women during pregnancy is to stay active and engage in moderate exercises. These are five benefits of moderate exercises to pregnant mothers:
Pregnancy can cause a lot of stress to expectant mothers due to hormonal changes as well as changes in the physical structure of the body. Some of the stress during pregnancy can be caused by back-pain, fatigue, weight gain, the lack of a supportive partner, and general anxiety. Moderate exercises can help reduce stress during pregnancy. Exercise is known to increase the levels of serotonin in the body and improve mood.
Elevated moods help expectant mothers to relax and enjoy their pregnancy. Exercising can also reduce stress and improve moods by taking the mind of an expectant mother off of her discomfort and sometimes pain.
General fatigue tends to set in due to inactivity among expectant mothers. The lack of body fitness can result in complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Exercising improves body fitness and reduces fatigue which is also a major cause of stress during pregnancy. An increase in fitness also results in increased energy levels.
Preparation for labor
Childbirth is one of the most painful experiences that a person can go through. An expectant mother, especially one that hopes to give birth naturally, should exercise in order to prepare for the physical pain experienced during childbirth. Women that engage in moderate exercises tend to have seamless childbirths compared to those who do not exercise. Some studies have suggested that exercise for expectant mothers results in shorter labor and fewer medical interventions. Staying fit for labor does not reduce the pain of childbirth, but it certainly enhances endurance.
Improves body image
Pregnancy can alter the body image of an expectant mother for the worst. Staying in shape will ensure that you improve your body image and retain your glow because exercise improves blood flow to the skin. Exercise also prevents expectant mothers from gaining excess weight which may be difficult to shed off post-pregnancy. People who gain too much weight during pregnancy find it difficult to shed the excess weight after they have given birth.
Reduces constipation and bloating
Constipation and bloating can be common during pregnancy, further resulting in discomfort. Exercise can accelerate intestinal movements and prevent constipation as well as relieve bloating symptoms. All these points to improved comfort.