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PLAYING: Why exercise during pregnancy?
Why exercise during pregnancy?
Exercise leads to improved circulation, which in turn can reduce the severity of varicosities (varicose veins).
Varicosities are when you develop swollen veins, that are often distinguished by repetitive twists, turns and bends. Building muscular strength may help women reduce the discomfort of varicose veins.
Nov 27, 2017
- Exercise can enhance muscular balance and strength. Learning proper posture and how to cope with postural shifts during pregnancy are essential to guarding against muscle and joint soreness.
- Exercise may help reduce swelling and oedema (abnormal swelling) of pregnancy and return mobility to swollen joints.
- Exercise may ease gastro-intestinal discomforts and constipation.
- Exercise may reduce muscle cramps.
- Exercise strengthens abdominal muscles to provide support for the back and contributes to the efficiency of the second stage of labour.
- If a woman is planning an active birth and wants to adopt alternative positions during labour, she will benefit considerably from exercise.
- Exercises that include the physical practice of the birth positions and breathing techniques for giving birth, are also beneficial for women who wish to be active participants.
- Post-partum (after birth) recovery is easier and swifter for women who have exercised prenatally.
- Exercise gives a woman access to her body. She learns to trust and know her body’s cues.