Fit, Strong & Pregnant
Are you planning to have a baby or are you already pregnant...?
This book can help you minimize pain and discomfort during your pregnancy and enhance your recovery after wards. Specific exercises will improve posture, pelvic floor muscle strength and minimize low back pain.
Benefits of exercise during pregnancy....
Increased cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and flexibility
Women who exercise during pregnancy experience fewer prenatal discomforts, such as constipation, swollen limbs and leg cramps
Exercise can help to prevent or control gestational diabetes and help prevent things such as incontinence and hypertension
Improves posture and body mechanics, facilitates circulation, reduces pelvic and rectal pressure whilst increasing energy levels
During pregnancy it is extremely important to correct muscular imbalances through stretching and strengthening exercise therapy
Increased fatigue threshold and reduced emotional shifts
Lower incidence of excessive weight gain, enhanced psychological well being, increasing confidence in changing body image
Labor and delivery
Women who exercise experience less problematic deliveries with a higher rate of uncomplicated, spontaneous deliveries and active labor.
Women that exercise retain less weight and score higher on measures of maternal adaptation, experience fewer incidences of post-natal depression returning faster to “normal” living due to greater energy reserves.
Back care in pregnancy
The back and pelvis are vulnerable during pregnancy; they need special consideration when sitting, standing, lifting, bending and moving.
- Matt Fittolani, February 2011
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