The Importance of Exercise During Pregnancy


Between morning sickness, weight gain and exhaustion, most women aren’t motivated to exercise much during pregnancy. It can be a struggle to walk to the bathroom, let alone get in a workout. However, there are many benefits to maintaining an exercise routine during pregnancy.

Lower Pregnancy Complication Risks

In a study done in 2012, it was proven that women who worked out four times a week had a lower chance of developing gestational diabetes and were less likely to have an unplanned cesarean section than those who did not exercise.

Lower Delivery Complication Risks

A separate study showed that women who managed to work out three times a week gained less weight while they were pregnant and had a lower chance of having a macrosomic baby (a baby weighing more than nine pounds at birth). A heavier baby can create a higher risk of delivery complications for both mom and baby.

Lower Blood Pressure

While blood pressure can occasionally go up during pregnancy, it’s important to keep an eye on this, as high blood pressure can also be a symptom of preeclampsia. Maintaining an exercise routine during pregnancy can keep blood pressure from rising.

Improve Sleep

Many women struggle to fall asleep during pregnancy. Exercising consistently early in the day can improve the quality of sleep and can make a big difference in the energy level of pregnant women.

Relieve Constipation

Exercise as short as a 10-minute walk can encourage active bowels. Most women who suffer from constipation try to take a 30-minute walk daily to keep themselves regular.

If you have questions about maintaining an exercise routine during pregnancy, it’s a good idea to contact a medical professional. Trained health experts at Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care are available to answer questions you may have. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, we provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit. Be sure to use the online check in to avoid the waiting room.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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