Benefits of prenatal + postpartum exercise
General Health Benefits
Supervised exercise can reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and exessive weight gain. A proper exercise program can also decrease symptoms of constipation, back pain, and leg cramps, improve posture, energy levels and overall mood.
Pelvic Floor Health
The muscles around your vagina and rectum support your uterus, bladder and bowel. During pregnancy and birth these muscles can stretch and weaken causing urinary and stool incontinence and in some cases uterine prolapse. Strenghtening these muscles can prevent urine leaks and increase pelvic organ support.
Some women can develop postpartum depression (PPD) after childbirth. Along with psychotherapy and prescription medications, exercise can be used as a tool to help manage some of the symptoms of PPD, such as: sadness, anxiety, depression and exhaustion.