Prenatal Personal Trainer Toronto
Congrats to all you mommas and poppas to be out there! It’s definitely an exciting time but it’s not always easy being a mom in waiting with it’s physical constraints. The Busy Bee Fitness Experts get a lot of questions about the safety of strength training and what types of training to do during pregnancy. We believe it’s vitally important for women to be active in strength and cardio training during pregnancy.
Is exercise safe during pregnancy? If it was safe for you to exercise before pregnancy than in most cases it will be safe during as well. Of course, during pregnancy you’ll need more time to recover so we don’t recommend extreme forms of exercise and always consult with your doctor about a light to moderate exercise program. The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada encourage women to exercise while pregnant. Being sedentary considered to be much riskier to your pregnancy than being moderately active.
Women who gain and keep excessive weight during pregnancy can also pass it along to their newborn babies. Those who remain active experience fewer aches and are less likely to a need a Cesarean or have poor bladder control, according to doctors.
The benefits of prenatal fitness weight loss and being active during pregnancy don’t just end there. Strength training increases your metabolism and will help with weight loss after your pregnancy. The more muscle you put on the more calories you burn while sedentary. Pelvic floor and core training exercises can also greatly reduce or eliminate pelvic floor dysfunction and the pain associated with it.
Other benefits include:
May help prevent or treat symptoms of gestational diabetes. A recent study shows it may lower the risk by 27%.
Your labor may be shorter than average. A landmark study showed that among well conditioned women who delivered vaginally, those who had continued training throughout their pregnancy experienced active labor for 4 hours and 24 minutes. This compared with 6 hours and 22 minutes for those who were sedentary. Over 2 hours less!
Increases energy and improves quality of sleep.
Help prevent back pain. Two thirds of women during pregnancy experience back pain. Core training will also help with posture and may help prevent diastasis recti (a seperation of the abdominal muscles at birth).
Increases digestion and may lessen bouts of nausea.
Improves overall mood and may help lessen the effects of postpartum depression (PPD).