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You may be thinking to yourself: why exercise when it’s hard enough getting out of bed without feeling exhausted and sick to your stomach? While many women believe pregnancy means staying far away from the gym, exercise during pregnancy is incredibly beneficial to you and your baby.

Research has shown that there are a number of benefits to antenatal exercises. Here are just three of the reasons why should you should be exercising during pregnancy.

Give You an Energy Boost

It’s no secret, pregnancy is exhausting! While the first and last trimesters can rob you of energy, regular bouts of exercise can help you feel energised and better able to tackle your daily tasks. Pregnancy workouts, such as yoga or pilates, can help keep your muscles strong and toned so you’ll feel less tired and require less effort to do most things; whether your food shopping or simply putting on your shoes.

Improves Your Self Image

For some, pregnancy can be a long nine months. By the third trimester, it can often feel tedious and although you know it’s for a good cause, watching the scales creep up can be disheartening. Women who exercise during their pregnancy tend to have a more positive outlook on their changing body than those who don’t. Taking up an antenatal class such as pregnancy yoga can help you feel better about the changes your body is going through, due to positive endorphins released during exercise.

Get You Ready For Your Baby’s Birth

Did you know that the better shape you’re in during pregnancy, the stronger you will be to cope with labour and birth? Just like running a marathon, childbirth requires lots of stamina, determination and focus. Pregnancy exercises are great preparation for the work that lies ahead. Weight-bearing exercise, such as walking or low-impact aerobics, may even help to shorten your labour and help childbirth run smoothly.

Before you start any exercise program, it’s important to make sure you follow the safety guidelines. At Bump & Mind’s pregnancy retreat, we provide a specialist antenatal fitness workshop, designed for pregnant women to help build the strength you will need for childbirth. The retreat is overseen by a qualified teacher, who can provide support and guidance so you can feel more prepared for the birth of your baby. For more information on Bump & Mind’s next pregnancy retreat in the Isle of Wight, visit our website or get in touch with us here.

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