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Why Exercise Is Important During Preconception


While most women know that a nutritional diet and exercise is essential to their everyday health, they aren't aware that exercise during preconception can actually help their efforts to get pregnant. Why is exercise so important during preconception?

If you're trying to get pregnant, you need to be at a healthy weight for your height and body type. If you are underweight or overweight, your body may not menstruate each month, and you can have a much more difficult time conceiving.

Preconception exercise can also help prepare your body for carrying a child for nine months. When you're pregnant, your back and legs can become sore and stiff from the weight of the baby. As your uterus expands, you may experience shortness of breath, so exercises like yoga can help regulate breathing patterns. Women who exercise during pregnancy often experience shorter labors with fewer complications, and return to their pre-pregnancy weight much more quickly. A good preconception exercise program can help your body get ready for the physical and emotional toll that pregnancy will put on your body.

The mental benefits of preconception exercise are also a great reason to start a fitness routine. Exercise triggers the release of endorphins in your brain, which means you feel happier. Your sleep patterns and mood can improve, and overall you'll feel better adjusted and healthy if you stick to a regular exercise program.

Before you begin your preconception fitness routine, talk to a physician to make sure that you choose a safe activity. If you have certain chronic health conditions like heart disease or diabetes, your doctor may have suggestions on the safest exercises for you to do. Choose an exercise program that starts at the same level of fitness you are currently at if you're a beginner, start with a five or ten minute walk each morning or evening, and work your way up to 30 minute speed walks once you feel ready.

Use your imagination when it comes to your preconception workout go dancing, swim at your local pool, or incorporate a yoga routine into your daily exercises. Make sure to drink plenty of water so you don't overheat, and stop if you begin to feel dizzy or nauseous. If at any time you notice vaginal bleeding or cramping, stop exercising and call your doctor right away. Wear comfortable shoes with arch support, and keep a towel and water bottle nearby for when you need a break.

 


 
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