Any doctor will tell you that exercising during pregnancy is a good thing as it makes it more comfortable and your body stronger. But you cannot follow your regular workout plan when pregnant as your body will have several changes. In order to keep up with them, it is best to modify your regime with each trimester. Exercise ensures that your pregnancy is a healthy one. It also makes sure you have good blood circulation which keeps you away from pregnancy discomfort, aches and pains and tones your body for the birth process which means an easier labour. Not just you, your baby also benefits from the physical activity – it helps your newborn’s metabolism, ensures better blood circulation and a healthy heart.
After the babies were born, the researchers compared the brain activity between the babies born to exercising moms and non-exercising moms. They did so by attaching a hairnet of 124 electrodes to sleeping babies and recording EEG (electroencephalograms) while they were played a series of beeps with repeating and new sounds. It was seen that the babies born to exercising mothers could easily differentiate between repeating and new sounds.
Scientists have also found that women who exercise during pregnancy are less likely to require a caesarean birth. So don’t just sit around doing nothing. Both you and your baby can benefit from exercise. There are only a few instances when your doctor may advise you against working out. Since you are pregnant, it is best to stick to low-impact workouts which do not involve jarring movements. Opt for exercises which work on the back and abdomen to maintain posture and add strength even after the baby is born. Try wall-sits, side-lying lateral raises, side-lying bicep curls.