Why should I be physically active during pregnancy?

  • Exercise can ease and prevent aches and pains of pregnancy including constipation, varicose veins, backaches, and exhaustion.
  • Active women seem to be better prepared for labor and delivery and recover more quickly.
  • Exercise may lower the risk of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
  • Fit women have an easier time getting back to a healthy weight after delivery.
  • Regular exercise may improve sleep during pregnancy.
  • Staying active can protect your emotional health. Pregnant women who exercise seem to have better self-esteem and a lower risk of depression and anxiety.

Note – Women should avoid doing exercises that involve lying on their back after the first trimester of pregnancy because this position can restrict blood flow to the uterus and fetus. They should also avoid participating in contact or collision sports and activities with a high risk of falling or abdominal trauma, such as soccer, basketball, horseback riding, or downhill skiing.

Ref – Pregnancy | National Health Portal Of India (nhp.gov.in)          https://health.gov/sites/default/files/2019-09/Physical_Activity_Guidelines_2nd_edition.pdf