Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Exercise During Pregnancy
“Debbie, can you suggest a few medicines that you had during your pregnancy to reduce labor pain in the 8th and 9th month,?” asked Ellen. “My sister is due in a few months and I want to make sure she’s not in much pain,” she added. “Forget medicines Ellen. I’ll email you some exercise descriptions that your sister can do for her labor. But more importantly do you know why women should exercise during pregnancy,?” inquired Debbie.
1. To avoid constipation and gestational diabetes along with other ailments
“My sister totally believes that women should exercise during pregnancy so that ailments are not transferred to the unborn child,” said Ellen. “That’s right thinking Ellen. I too believe that women should exercise during pregnancy so that their interstitial tract, kidney functioning and water retention system remain fit and don’t allow constipation to happen. In a similar way, women should exercise during pregnancy to reduce the chances of gestational diabetes too,” advised Ellen.
2. To deliver a healthy baby
“Believe it or not, my sister is concerned about giving birth to an overweight child,” laughed Ellen. “But that’s true, Ellen. Another reason why women should exercise during pregnancy is to give birth to a healthy, lean baby,” explained Debbie. “A mother can’t let her calories and food intake be translated into fat to be consumed by the baby. This is a very valid reason why women should exercise during pregnancy and give birth to healthy child,” she said.
3. To avoid a C-section or other interventions
“There are no guarantees for this Ellen but I have heard that women who exercise during pregnancy attract lesser chances of a C-section or external intervention during delivery,” said Debbie. “Yeah, I guess its nature’s way of asking women to opt for a natural delivery and be fit and healthy with pregnancy exercises,” Ellen replied.
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