As awareness of physical activity and fitness has steadily increased over the last few years, Columbus ObGyn Dr. Otto Umana reports that the role of physical activity during pregnancy has been further researched as well.
Some of the benefits of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle during pregnancy include:
- Eases back/pelvic pain;
- Increases mood and energy levels;
- Reduces the risk of excess weight gain;
- Helps you sleep more soundly;
- Increases stamina and muscle strength;
- Reduces the risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure;
- Reduces the symptoms of postpartum depression.
If a woman is exercising regularly before pregnancy, your Columbus ObGyn typically advises her to continue with the same exercise routine, except for activities that would put her at a high risk of falling or something that would cause trauma to the abdomen.
Before beginning any new type of physical activity, it’s important to discuss it with your Columbus ObGyn. Although exercise during pregnancy is mostly beneficial to the mother and her baby, your ObGyn may suggest some guidelines or restrictions for you to follow.
Be sure to warm up prior to exercising and drink plenty of fluids while exercising to stay hydrated. One of the safest activities for pregnant women is walking. It’s not only great exercise for beginners for overall conditioning, but it also puts minimal stress on the joints. Other good choices for pregnant women include swimming and low-impact aerobics, using an elliptical or stationary bike.
According to your Columbus ObGyn, urinary leakage resulting from coughing or sneezing is often common during pregnancy. Core muscle and pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises can be quite helpful in these conditions. A physical therapist can provide more information regarding these issues. A sacroiliac belt can also help to decrease the pain by keeping your pelvis more stable.
Most women can exercise successfully throughout their pregnancy and it actually helps them feel better throughout the course of the pregnancy and after the baby is born.
As with any exercise program, you should consult with your Columbus ObGyn Dr. Otto Umana prior to beginning an exercise program to discuss potential signs to look for that would indicate that you should stop or reduce exercising.