If your pregnancy is classed as “Low Risk” then the answer is simple enough, No! as long as you exercise safely and at a level that is appropriate for each stage of your pregnancy.
So now the question becomes is my pregnancy “Low Risk” or “High Risk”?
A low risk pregnancy is one were the Mum to be is deemed of a healthy disposition without any pre- exisiting medical conditions such as diabeties, obesity,thyroid or any cardiovascular conditions amongst other things and “High Risk” is deemed to involve such conditions.
Anyone looking to exercise and is “High Risk” needs consent in order to exercise.
Once you understand the category your pregnancy falls into then you need to understand the benefits versus the Risks to you and baby. And it’s simple enough to determine that the Benefits out way the Risks.
Research has shown that exercising throughout your pregnancy has positive effects on your labour and delivery and that women who exercise up to 3 times a week significantly shortens labours in comparison to women who don’t.
So what other benefits are there?
Possible reduction in Back Pain
Improved Core Strength to support spine and help you carry baby
Prevention of overtight and weak muscles
Reduction of symptoms of pregnancy i.e leg cramps, swelling, constipation and varicose veins
Improved circulation and blood flow
Improve calcium absorption preventing osteoporosis
Time out for Mum
Improved relaxation and possible improved sleep patterns
Enhanced mental well being, improves self esteem and confidence , reduces “Baby Blues”
Confidence about labour and improves strength and stamina
Lower chance of high blood pressure and developing gestational diabeties
Quicker recovery from Birth of baby
Helps to curb weight gain
Improves the growth of the placenta and makes it more efficient for baby to receive blood, nutrients and oxygen.
So the risks are?
Possible over- exertion, which may contribute to general tiredness
Possible increase in blood pressure
Possible reduction in blood flow to the baby if exercise is too intense or performed over excessive periods of time Possible dips in blood sugar levels
Possible injury due to relaxin in the muscles
Possible stress on the pelvic floor muscles due to inappriopriate exercise.
Each pregnancy is individual and unique and Knowing the benefits and risks is essential in deciding whether to continue to exercise or not. But it’s also important to understand the help and support required to achieve your aims and goals.
For those of you looking for that help, support and Pre/Post Natal training then please contact SharonDolan@evo-fit.com to book in for a free consultation today.