The importance of being fit & healthy for having a baby
Updated: Feb 27, 2019
There is no question that weight loss & fitness before & during pregnancy & leading up to & after childbirth has many benefits.
Weight loss & Conception
Losing weight while trying to get pregnant is known to be highly beneficial. According to BabyCentre, being overweight not only makes it harder to get pregnant, but being overweight may also be linked to more complications during pregnancy and more difficulties during childbirth.
Exercise may even improve your fertility if you're struggling to conceive due to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or are overweight.
Moreover, many of the guidelines for a healthy conception are similar to those for healthy weight loss. As long as you follow a balanced, healthy diet, you can safely lose weight while trying to conceive.
You may be tempted to wait until you're pregnant to start a fitness program, but it's important to be in top physical shape during the critical days of early fetal development.
Exercise during pregnancy
Pregnancy can be miraculous but overwhelming. Most women are used to living their lives a certain way and suddenly, when pregnant, they question everything they do. Unfortunately, exercising is often the first to go due to time constraints, fears of harming the baby or just because it is a little more physically demanding for pregnant women. But this is a big mistake.
Exercise during pregnancy has tremendous benefits. It can result in shorter times in labor, easier births, and a faster return to pre-pregnancy figures.
Being pregnant shouldn't mean you have to stop exercising, and it doesn't have to mean that you're going to be tired all the time. By maintaining a regular exercise routine and by eating a wide variety of wholesome foods, you can maintain your fitness and health during this time when there are all sorts of extra demands on your body.
Strengthen Your Core
When you're pregnant your belly grows, your breasts get bigger, and your center of gravity shifts, which can cause a strain on other parts of your body. Strengthening your abdominal and back muscles means you'll be less likely to have back pain later.
You should plan to do 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise each day prior to getting pregnant. Getting your heart rate up regularly will help keep you in all-around better shape while you're trying to get pregnant, and help you stay in good physical and mental health throughout your pregnancy and during delivery as you will need endurance through delivery. And then post childbirth you will need to be fit to deal with the demands of having a new born.
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