When you are pregnant, you may not be feeling your best. Exercise may help provide some relief. For healthy women with a normal pregnancy, exercising regularly - at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days of the week - can be beneficial for mother and baby.
- Reduces excessive weight gain during pregnancy
- Helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling
- May help in the prevention or treatment of gestational diabetes
- Reduces pre-eclampsia
- Improves your energy
- Reduces mood disorders
- Improves your posture
- Reduces delivery complications
- Reduces negative body image
- Promotes muscle tone, strength and endurance
- Helps you sleep better
For more information please visit:
- American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
- Center for Disease Control & Prevention
- American College of Sports Medicine
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