by Emma Nickholds
- Fitness – You can maintain a level of fitness during pregnancy so exercise is easier to resume after pregnancy. Cardiovascular fitness and strength can assist to endure the labour with more ease.
- Improve Muscular Tone and Strength – During pregnancy, hormonal changes can effect muscular strength and tone. Exercise can assist to maintain this strength and is especially important for the protection of joints and the prevention of injury.
- Promote Good Posture – Due to both lower and upper back pain, poor posture can be a common problem. Improved posture can lesson fatigue and promote better sleep patterns. It too can improve circulation, help prevent or reduce fluid retention, varicose veins and haemorrhoids
- Provide a Break and Relieve Stress – Exercise can provide a mental break during the sometimes mentally demanding and worrying time.
- Increase Self Esteem and Well-Being – Exercise can provide a way for you to mix with other likeminded women and feel a sense of belonging and acceptance, whilst doing what is best for yourself and the growing foetus.
Slim Force recommends that you consult your doctor about participating in physical activity during your pregnancy. While fine for most women, it is always a good idea to make sure there is no reason why you shouldn’t take part in a modified fitness program.