It is commonly understood that exercising while pregnant is important. But why exactly? While exercising does not guarantee that your birth will be shorter or “pain-free”, it does engage the major muscles that are needed in childbirth. This means that you are priming the body for a big event: labor!
Moving your body consciously and intuitively in pregnancy could also cut down the amount of recovery time. This idea is similar to the idea of working out; the more often you work out, the faster it is for your body to recover. Conversely, if you never work out and suddenly want to exercise, your body may be extremely sore and take several days up to a week to recover.
To prevent feeling overly sore or stiff after your birth, here is a short list of helpful ways to exercise and move your body daily:
- Side lying leg lifts
- Walking or hiking
- Cat/cow (yoga)