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June 21, 2019
Exercise during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a stage in women’s life where she changes both from inside and outside. These changes create complications in the normal life of a pregnant women and exercises helps an expecting mother to cruise through these hurdles and challenges.

A regular exercise routine in your pregnancy period will help you stay healthier and feel the best from within. It helps a woman in improving the posture and decreasing some common discomforts like backaches and fatigue’s. There are also evidences which prove that physical activities prevents gestational diabetes (a type of diabetes that develops during pregnancy), relieves stress and builds more stamina required for labor and delivery.

Every women during her pregnancy wishes to stay in shape and do what is best for her baby-to-be. Prenatal yoga is a wonderful way to do both. Yoga helps you in slowing down to connect with your baby and the transformation you are experiencing. One can always enjoy the many benefits of yoga even if you or a beginner in yoga or an experienced practitioner.

Motherhood has often been hailed as one of the most delightful and satisfying peregrination but it is not so without its fair share of tribulations. The grit and undying spirit of every mother who stands as the backbone of the family, the edifice of success of the posterity that she brings into this world, nurtures, nourishes, guides and educates!

The eager anticipation for the little bundle of joy indeed calls for celebration howbeit with some care and caution. As an expecting mother, one is steadfast in doing everything possible for the little angel inside to be healthy and safe. Doing prenatal exercises during pregnancy, along with balanced diet can ensure good health for both the mother and the baby. Gynaecologists associated with renowned hospitals like Columbia Asia Hospital, encourage pregnant women to practise yoga or other prenatal exercises under expert supervision to stay fit and healthy.

Exercise can lift one’s spirits and moods by releasing feel-good hormones like endorphins, dopamine and serotonin. Studies have corroborated that exercising during gestation lowers the risk of depression and anxiety and helps revitalize one’s body and soul. Staying active during the gestation period also helps to maintain stamina and energy levels. By alleviating stress and anxiety, exercising ensures that the expecting mother gets a good night’s sleep and thus keeping her rejuvenated.  About 18% of the expecting mothers develop gestational diabetes which generally hit during pregnancy and usually goes away afterward. This occurs due to rampant hormonal changes due to which blood sugar levels shoot up. This, in turn, can lead to serious complications for the foetus.

Benefits of exercise during pregnancy

  • Physical discomfort like backache, fatigue, constipation and swelling will be reduced to a greater extent when a pregnant women exercises
  • Exercises help women cope with stress. The endorphins which are released during exercise provide psychological effects which reduces your stress and copes with mood swings too.
  • Women can prepare well for their labor as exercises help to keep themselves fit and determined
  • Exercises increases the blood flow of your skin giving you a healthier glow
  • It increases the cardiovascular capacity of the baby.

Author:

Dr. Meghana Jetty Reddy (Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynaecology)

Columbia Asia Hospital Whitefield