3 Reasons to Exercise in Pregnancy: The 3 S’s
Exercise is critical at all ages and stages of life but exercise during pregnancy is especially important! Due to exhaustion, nausea, and general misinformation on the internet, women have plenty of excuses not to exercise. Understanding why exercise in pregnancy is so important will hopefully get pregnant women moving more.
Exercise has 3 major purposes:
- Labor is called labor because it is hard work. You cannot run a marathon successfully without practice runs. Labor is like a marathon. Exercise is for STRENGTH.
- Motion is lotion. A moving mother is a moving baby. An active mother is an active baby. Babies need to move so that they can navigate the pelvis. A baby who is not stuck can be born vaginally with minimal interventions. Exercise is for STAMINA.
- Pregnancy is not a low stress event. There are office visits, tests, baby showers, and advice from well-meaning friends and family. Exercise is for STRESS
Common safe and effective ways to exercise for pregnant women include:
Bike riding on a trainer
Light weightlifting including HIT (high intensity training)
Exercises best to avoid for most pregnant women:
Realistic, common exercise is safe for pregnant women unless otherwise directed by your provider.