5 Reasons Prenatal Fitness is Important

For all of your adult life, you’ve probably been aware that exercising — whether that means a yoga class, a bike ride or a run — can benefit your overall health. During pregnancy, there are even more reasons to keep moving — or get moving, even if you haven’t had an exercise routine in the past.

Exercising during pregnancy has been found to do the following things…

Improve your stamina and heart health

As you may have already guessed, working out can improve your overall fitness. By strengthening your heart and blood vessels through workouts, you’re preparing your body to tackle another physical challenge yet to come: labour and delivery!

Boost your mood

Exercise during pregnancy releases endorphins that help improve your mood while diminishing stress and anxiety.

Ease back and pelvic pain 

It’s no secret that your growing baby bump puts extra pressure on your lower half, resulting in lower back pain and an achy pelvis, also known as pelvic girdle pain. Strengthening your body and pelvic floor may help with easing the discomfort.

Fight fatigue 

Low-level tiredness plagues many women during their first trimester, and then again late in the third trimester. So while you should never push yourself to exhaustion, a little nudge — say, an easy walk or a pregnancy yoga class — can make a big difference in your energy levels.

Improve sleep 

While many pregnant women report having a harder time falling asleep, those who exercise consistently (as long as it's not near bedtime, which can prove energising) say that the quality of their sleep is better and that they wake up feeling better rested.

For more guidance on moving your body safely and looking after yourself ahead of birth, be sure to check out the ‘Prepare my body’ section of our platform where our pregnancy yoga classes can be accessed on demand to suit you!

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5 Reasons Prenatal Fitness is Important

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For all of your adult life, you’ve probably been aware that exercising — whether that means a yoga class, a bike ride or a run — can benefit your overall health. During pregnancy, there are even more reasons to keep moving — or get moving, even if you haven’t had an exercise routine in the past.

Exercising during pregnancy has been found to do the following things…

Improve your stamina and heart health

As you may have already guessed, working out can improve your overall fitness. By strengthening your heart and blood vessels through workouts, you’re preparing your body to tackle another physical challenge yet to come: labour and delivery!

Boost your mood

Exercise during pregnancy releases endorphins that help improve your mood while diminishing stress and anxiety.

Ease back and pelvic pain 

It’s no secret that your growing baby bump puts extra pressure on your lower half, resulting in lower back pain and an achy pelvis, also known as pelvic girdle pain. Strengthening your body and pelvic floor may help with easing the discomfort.

Fight fatigue 

Low-level tiredness plagues many women during their first trimester, and then again late in the third trimester. So while you should never push yourself to exhaustion, a little nudge — say, an easy walk or a pregnancy yoga class — can make a big difference in your energy levels.

Improve sleep 

While many pregnant women report having a harder time falling asleep, those who exercise consistently (as long as it's not near bedtime, which can prove energising) say that the quality of their sleep is better and that they wake up feeling better rested.

For more guidance on moving your body safely and looking after yourself ahead of birth, be sure to check out the ‘Prepare my body’ section of our platform where our pregnancy yoga classes can be accessed on demand to suit you!