Some sort of regimented exercise program is universally regarded to have a positive effect of our health. However a large percentage of our population still remains sedentary. Women tend to be less physically active in terms of moderate to vigorous activity. These trends become more apparent when women become pregnant, about 60% of pregnant women stay sedentary during their pregnancy. Pregnant women can exercise in moderation with a educated plan of attack. Safety of the women and her child are always first.
Here is a list of all the positive side effects of resistance training during pregnancy:
- Improved weight management
- Reduced risk of gestational diabetes
- Decreased risk of preeclampsia
- Better psychological well-being
- Improved fetal development
- Easier labor
- Reduced lower back pain
Exercising during pregnancy has it benefits as listed above, however, take notice to any warning signs while exercising to terminate exercise during pregnancy like:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Chest pain
- Calf pain or swelling
- Preterm labor
- Decreased fetal movement
- Amniotic fluid leakage
- Muscle weakness
- Dyspnea before exertion
If any of these symptoms occur during exercise stop exercising and see your doctor for further guidance.
Considering all the positive effects of exercising during pregnancy with moderation and following a proper routine it is suggested to not start resistance training once your pregnant. If you've been training and would like to continue a modified "safe" version, that is highly encouraged. In the next post we will discuss some exercises that are safe for th mother and the child.
Jamie Swagler,Performance Coach at Swagler Strength & Performance.