In our last blog, we discussed what kind of exercises you should and shouldn’t be doing during your unplanned pregnancy, ways to find classes and tips on staying motivated. We also included other resources if you have questions or need help. It is a good place to start with, especially if you are new to exercising. So, now that we know that information, it would be good to learn about the overall benefits of exercising during your unplanned pregnancy. That’s our focus for this next blog, part two. We will give you the reasoning behind why exercise is an important tool during your unplanned pregnancy, much like our other previous blog that talks about nutrition.

Whether you go to the gym daily, you only exercise occasionally or it’s just not your cup of tea, Adoption Choices of Colorado is here to lend a helping hand and give you all you need to know about the benefits of exercising while pregnant.

Health Benefits of Exercising During Your Unplanned Pregnancy

When you exercise regularly, there are several benefits that come with it. For instance, exercise helps maintain weight loss and it helps combat health problems such as: stroke, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety, several types of cancer, arthritis and falls. Regular exercise also helps boost your mood and energy levels and promotes better sleep. Overall, consistent amounts of exercise while you are pregnant have more pros than cons – even with an unplanned pregnancy.

Exercising while you are pregnant:

  • Reduces aches and pains, swelling and constipation
  • Boosts mood and energy levels
  • Boots immune system and circulation throughout the body
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Promotes better posture, better endurance and muscle strength
  • Prevents excess weight gain
  • Lowers the risk of having gestational diabetes and a possible C-section and also promotes a shortened labor.

Emotional Benefits of Exercising during Your Unplanned Pregnancy

Pregnancy takes an emotional and physical toll on your body. Thus, maintaining regular exercise can help you cope and build your endurance for the challenges ahead. There are classes specifically designed for pregnant women, so be sure to check out which ones are available in your area. Prenatal classes and meeting new people who are also pregnant can make you feel more confident about yourself and feel good both mentally and physically, curbing mood swings. It can also give you a sense of accomplishment when you finish an exercise or class, and help you feel more prepared when it comes time to deliver the baby.

Benefits for the Baby

Believe it or not, regular exercise  benefits your baby, too . Your child is likely to have a healthier heart, quicker neurological development and normal birth weight, and have less risk factors with respiratory distress syndrome and immune system development.

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During your unplanned pregnancy, your exercises should aim to increase your heart rate steadily, improve circulation, keep your body flexible and strong, and provide support and control for healthy weight gain. All of this, in turn, will help  prepare your muscles for labor and birth.

The Benefits of Exercise

Use pregnancy as your motivation to start exercising, if you don’t already. However, always make sure you consult with your doctor about exercising during your unplanned pregnancy if you have any questions or concerns. Listen to your body as well. It will tell you when you have had enough and need more rest or if you can keep up the pace. Remember to get adequate amounts of sleep, food and water to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and routine when exercising.

If you missed out on the first part of the series, be sure to check out here. Delve into the dos and don’ts of exercising while pregnant. Remember to look for the third and final part of the series where we discuss odd tips and tricks and what each trimester looks like in regards to exercise.

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CrowdriseAdoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.

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About the Author

Taylor TsakopulosTaylor Tsakopulos, the bestselling student. She has interned locally in Denver and internationally in Dublin, Ireland, taken classes/workshops and worked odd jobs and yet always comes back to being a student and the desire to learn or create.

She is a jack of all trades (i.e. a Gemini). She is a Denver-based writer, creator, artist and student. A graduate from Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU).

When she isn’t creating content she’s off dancing and hiking. Always chasing after new things and experiences. After living and working in Europe, she is hungry for more.

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