Prenatal and Postpartum Exercise




BENEFITS OF PRENATAL EXERCISE

  • Improved aerobic and muscular fitness

  • Facilitation of recovery from labour

  • Enhanced maternal psychological well-being that may help counter feelings of stress, anxiety, and/or depression frequently experienced during pregnancy

  • More rapid return to pre-pregnancy weight, strength, and flexibility levels

  • Fewer obstetric interventions

  • Shorter active labour and less pain

  • Less weight gain

  • Improved digestion and reduced constipation

  • Reduced “postpartum belly”

  • Reduced back pain during pregnancy

  • Reduce the risk of gestational diabetes

BENEFITS OF POSTPARTUM EXERCISE

  • Reduces fatigue and increases vigor

  • Improves mood states and mental acuity

  • Improves fitness

  • Promotes return to prepregnancy weight

  • Decreases the risk for developing future chronic health conditions

  • Provides important mom time and social interactions

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