Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Why I Exercise During Pregnancy

I know I have been talking a lot about pregnancy on the blog lately, but I am pregnant and this is my blog, so I guess I am allowed to. ;) If you aren't interested, feel free to click the little X at the top of your screen. Anyways, I wanted to talk about why I exercise during pregnancy. I know that some women don't and that is 100% okay. We all have our reasons for doing what we do and one thing may work for someone that doesn't work for someone else. But, I want to share my experiences and would love to hear yours! 
I Feel Like It Helps Me Have Easier Deliveries
One big reason why I exercise during pregnancy is because I truly believe it has helped me have easier deliveries. Obviously labor and delivery is never "easy", but I have been blessed with quick labors and deliveries that go very smoothly. I can't even begin to express how blessed I feel because of this and how grateful I am. I honestly feel like exercising during pregnancy helps to prepare both my body and my mind for delivery and makes the whole experience better for me.

I Love The Mental Health Benefits
I exercise just as much for the physical benefits as I do for the mental benefits. I can't even begin to tell you how much exercising has helped me mentally. It truly makes me happy and releases those amazing things that we call endorphins. I know this isn't the case for everyone, and that is totally okay, but for me it helps me so much both when I am pregnant and when I am not pregnant.

I Recover More Quickly After Delivery 
I feel like because I have such easy deliveries, I am able to recover more quickly after them. I am of course sore and take 6 weeks off from exercising, but I am able to walk around and haven't ever had any big issues. This is so important to me because it makes me feel like a human being ha.

It Gives Me More Energy During The Day
I notice a huge difference in my energy levels during the day when I exercise vs. when I don't exercise. On the days that I get up and exercise, I don't get as tired throughout the day and I am less grumpy with my kids. I still get more tired overall during pregnancy, especially during my first trimester, but exercise helps me a ton!

I Love It
As simple as this is, I genuinely love exercising during pregnancy. I feel better mentally and physically when I exercise and I am always listening to my body. This helps me to make sure that both baby and I are doing great. I know everyone has a different opinion on exercise during pregnancy and that's fine. For me, I am active before pregnancy, so I am active during pregnancy. I have also been blessed to have pregnancies without complications thus far, so I am given 100% clearance by my doctor to exercise.
(Me and my super buff sister!)

Do you like exercising during pregnancy? Why or why not?


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