Benefits of Weight Training in Pregnancy

Submitted by Pregnancy and Baby Care team on January 27, 2012

Being active and exercising during pregnancy is extremely beneficial for the mother as well as the child. The mother often finds the process of delivering the child much easier as her body is fit enough for this. Weight training and exercising during pregnancy is to keep the body fit throughout the nine months rather than to improve one's fitness levels. Weight training and exercising provides a variety of benefits to both mother and child. It increases one's energy levels while decreasing chances of varicose veins and leg cramps. It provides a large placenta for the child, which in other words means that the child has a large nutrient base to draw...

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... the necessary nutrients for healthy growth and development. The chances of being overweight from the storage of fat in the body is minimal and the mother may get a reprieve from the lower back pain that affects most young mothers. Exercise relieves stress both pre and post delivery and the chances of going into labor on the dot or a few days earlier are high. In most cases, a normal delivery occurs and the mother will be able to skip the caesarean section. This will exact a lesser toll on the body post pregnancy.

As regards weight training during pregnancy, if the mother has never exercised before, this is not the time to start. This is because a weight training program is exacting and can become stressful for the young mother-to-be. One of the best and safest exercises for those who've never done it before is walking for half an hour in the morning and evening on even ground. Other exercises involving aerobics and dance steps are best avoided as a fall can be fatal for both mother and child. These walking lanes should neither be too humid or too hot and the mother must wear loose clothing to allow the body to breathe. It is important to monitor one's heart beat while pregnant and care must be taken to not exceed 140 beats per minute. Walking at a normal even pace should be alright. If using a treadmill at home instead, a non motorized one would be advisable as the one who exercises sets the pace rather than the other way around. It would also be best if the mother would consult her physician on the amount and duration of exercise necessary as things may vary depending on her general health, age and a host of other factors.

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