In a book recently published by Morc Coulson and Sarah Bolitho, calls have been made for the fitness industry to fill a big gap in the market. This gap is pregnancy exercise, and it is one that a growing number of exercise experts feel is severely lacking in information. As exercising during pregnancy can help make the process of giving birth easier, prevent post natal depression, and is safe, it is no wonder that these experts feel that women should have greater access to pregnancy fitness resources.
The Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Fitness is a book that focuses on helping women manage exercise during those special nine months. It acknowledges that women who exercised before falling pregnant are safe to continue doing so, and it places emphasis on using exercise as a means of preparing for birth. The benefits that can be experienced by mum and baby are focused on by the authors, providing plenty of science-based motivational thoughts for mums who want to stay fit.
The authors' claims that there is evidence to support the continuation of fitness during pregnancy are certainly backed by science. Both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the American Pregnancy Association, acknowledge the benefits of exercising during pregnancy. As well as improving circulation and preventing common complaints like haemorrhoids and aching legs, it also results in better sleep, and childbirth that is shorter with fewer interventions.
With regards to pain, the American Pregnancy Association make it clear that pregnancy fitness is not a guarantee that you will feel it less during the birthing process. However, with any fitness regime comes the ability to endure the next challenge. The AMA note that exercising while you are pregnant will help you endure labour better.
With such unrivaled benefits, and many more that have not been listed in this post, there is no reason why you should not engage in pregnancy exercise. Whether you are continuing with an old regime, walking once a day, or trying out the recommendations in Coulson and Bolitho's book, you will be doing yourself and your baby a favour.