We know how hard it is to lift yourself off the sofa when you’re pregnant and feeling tired, which is why we’ve put together some important reasons for you to get up and do a bit of exercise! We’re not going to tell you to run a marathon of course…but a little exercise certainly goes a long way.
• Increase your energy level
At a time when your body’s changing and you begin to feel tired and sleepy, exercising will boost your energy and will leave you in a happier mood as endorphins (naturally occurring chemicals in your brain) are released. A regular dose of exercise will help you cope with a hectic schedule and strengthens your cardiovascular system, keeping you awake and less tired.
• Get a better night’s sleep
Finding a sleeping position when you’re carrying a baby may prove to be a difficult challenge. Exercising will tire you out, helping you to drift off into a deep and restful sleep.
• Regain your pre-pregnancy figure quickly
If you continue to exercise whilst pregnant, you will gain less fat – this is assuming you exercised before becoming pregnant. Although it will help with getting your pre pregnancy body back, don’t try to lose weight through exercise whilst pregnant, instead try to maintain your health and fitness level.
• Get ready for labour
The fitter and healthier you are, the stronger you’ll be when it comes to delivering your baby. Other mum’s might tell you that giving birth is more exhausting than running a marathon, so make sure you’re in the best shape you can be!
• Feel better about yourself
Walking into the bathroom every morning and stepping on that scale, watching the numbers increase can be really disheartening. Developing an exercise routine will keep you happy with your image and decreases the chance of you gaining an unhealthy amount of weight.