Finding out that you are expecting was probably one of the most exciting times of your life! So many thoughts and emotions come flooding in and it can be hard to process. There are many different aspects of both your own health and the baby’s health that you will need to take into consideration. My area of expertise is fitness – so, from a fitness perspective, here’s what you need to know when you find out you’re pregnant:
1. Exercise is Healthy for You
Multiple studies have been done on how fitness impacts women during pregnancy. Barring any contraindications, research has shown that exercise is incredibly beneficial for mamas! And it doesn’t matter if you’ve never worked out before; if you start working out when you find out you’re pregnant, you will still reap benefits, some of which include better sleep, fewer aches and pains, and managing any health complications that may arise during pregnancy.
2. Exercise is Healthy for Baby
What you do during pregnancy impacts your baby and that applies to fitness as well! Studies have shown that moms who exercise pass on health benefits to the baby! Benefits such as stronger hearts, healthier birth weights, and advanced motor skills during the newborn phase.
3. You Need to Find a Perinatal Fitness Expert
Any trainer or social media “fitness expert” isn’t going to cut it during the perinatal period. The training that a typical personal trainer goes through doesn’t cover all of the nuances and special considerations of pregnancy and postpartum. You need to get connected with someone who specializes in this field and can help guide you on your fitness journey!
So much misinformation and fear mongering exist online in regard to fitness during pregnancy – don’t believe everything you read! Find someone who is trained in perinatal fitness and you’ll have a much more successful fitness journey! That is just what Mom Gets Moxie provides – sound fitness advice for the perinatal period.