Top 9 Importance of Fitness During Pregnancy

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Staying fit while you’re struggling to keep food inside in your first trimester or going to the bathroom becomes a herculean task. However, if you maintain a regular exercise routine during your pregnancy, it can improve your posture and can also minimize several known discomforts like fatigue and backaches. 

There is scientific evidence which states that physical exercise may avert diabetes that happens during pregnancy or otherwise called Gestational diabetes. Fitness during pregnancy also leads to decreased level of stress and increased level of stamina for successful labor and delivery. After consulting with your physician about what types of exercises are suitable for you, here you can find some motivation in the importance of fitness.

From Reducing Complications to Rapid Recovery

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Even if you haven’t exercise in the past, it’s vital to keep your body moving and to stay healthy and fit.

  • Lowers the risks of pregnancy and delivery complication: According to a study in 2017, women who exercised are less likely to have an unplanned cesarean section and gestational diabetes than those who did not. Another study in Spain has proven that a lighter body has led to less complex delivery and prevented macrocosmic babies.
  • Fast recovery during post-delivery: A study in 2012 has shown, the more you stay fit during pregnancy, the more speedily you’ll recover after childbirth and stay fit after it. 
  • Comforts Pelvic and back pain: During your late pregnancy, when your baby belly puts pressure on your back and pelvis, exercise might help in easing that pain.

From Physical Fitness to Mental Fitness

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  • Mood elevation: Expecting women are more prone to depression than ever. It has been reported that one in two women during pregnancy deals with depression and anxiety. Research has demonstrated that situational depression like this can be under control by staying fit. Exercise also relieves stress and anxiety.
  • Less Fatigue: Sometimes, the low tiredness that plagues women during pregnancy is connected to mental as well as physical tiredness. Contradicatally, often the more you rest the less energetic you feel during this time. Thus, a prenatal yoga class or a little work can make a big difference in making you feel less fatigued.
  • Restful sleep: Though you should not exercise at bedtime because it can take a lot of energy, you can consistently maintain a fitness routine that will make you sleep better and feel well-rested after waking up.

From Fitter Mom to Fitter Baby

  • A Fitter Heart: As monitoring the hearts of babies, one group of researchers found that fitness during pregnancy leads to the healthy heart of the baby. The exercise has helped decrease the heart rate of the fetuses at thirty-six weeks gestation. The follow-up of this research has shown that even after birth a one-month-old baby’s heart rate has remained the same which means less risk of heart diseases.  
  • Increased Brain Health: A study on mice has demonstrated that the exercising mother’s child is less susceptible to neurodegeneration. 
  • Lower BMI: Babies are less prone to diabetes and obesity if the mothers are exercising and staying fit.


In conclusion, we can all agree that though the expecting mom should not exercise so much as to be exhausted, exercising according to health experts can keep both the mother and the child healthy and happy.

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