A guest post written By: Jocelyn Davies, PFS, RHN, BSc

As a Prenatal Fitness Specialist I often get asked the question “Jocelyn, is it safe to workout during pregnancy?”

The answer I tell most people is…Yes!

 Of course, there are some women who will not be able to workout during pregnancy due to specific conditions, complications or previous health related issues.

I always recommend that women consult with their doctor before starting any exercise regime.

In general however, working out during pregnancy can benefit your pregnant body and your growing baby.  Keep in mind that pregnancy is not the time to lose weight or join a new competitive sport, but it is however, an excellent opportunity to focus on fitness maintenance and healthy weight gain.

Here are 5 way that working out during pregnancy can help you and your baby.

It will give you strength and endurance for labour. 

 

You will be less likely to develop pregnancy related health issues.

 

Your baby will be smarter. 

 

Your baby will be stronger. 

You will recover from pregnancy quicker. 

 

No doubt about it, exercising during pregnancy is a big plus for both you, and your baby. Visit our website www.mumandbubs.com or contact Jocelyn at Mum & Bubs Health and Fitness for more information about our prenatal fitness classes.  Phone: 705-305-1975.

 

Sources used:

Bouchez, C. “Exercise during pregnancy: myth vs. fact.” WebMD., 2015. <http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/exercise-during-pregnancy-myth-vs-fact>.

Moffat, T., et al. “Pre & post natal fitness specialist certification course manual.” Can-Fit-Pro. March 2007.

Tracey L. Weissgerber, et al. “Exercise in the prevention and treatment of maternal-fetal disease: a review of literature.” NRC Reasearch Press. 28  November 2006. <http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/h06-060#.V03AO7PF9_d>.

Universite de Montreal. “Exercise during pregnancy gives newborn brain development head start.” ScienceDaily, 10 November 2013. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131110204330.htm>.