Exercise is crucial during pregnancy as recent studies show that it can lessen your risk of experiencing complications by at least 25%.
A research conducted at the University of Alberta revealed that women who are active in physical exercises during their pregnancy have a 25% chance of developing perinatal depression. The same study showed a 40% decline in the risk of getting complications like preeclampsia and diabetes.
Margie Davenport, one of the lead researchers said that “these guidelines are going to change practice.”
As part of the 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity Throughout Pregnancy, the study encourages pregnant women to be engaged in physical activities like swimming, stationary cycling, and walking to reduce pregnancy complications.
More so, the Canadian authors of the study learned that pregnant women who exercise have fewer chances of having a miscarriage or a preterm delivery “These are typically reasons a pregnant woman would be less inclined to exercise,” said Davenport.
That said, it is important for pregnant mothers to be active in less intense physical activities to avoid certain complications that may put their babies’ and their health in danger. A 30-minute walk in the neighborhood three times a week makes a healthy routine of getting some fresh air and at the same time reducing the chances of developing unwanted complications.
While we can’t control morning sickness, we can manage our health and aim for a safe and healthy delivery to our new bundle of joy.