I went to visit a dear client of mine in the Hospital last Monday evening after she gave birth to a healthy and beautiful baby boy. Even though she had given birth hours before, she was up walking around and feeling great! The baby seemed to be doing well, too, a sure sign that they’d be going home soon.
During her very healthy pregnancy, my client exercised 4-5 times a week, including swimming, light jogging, yoga, and strength training. She was determined to stick to the program, even during stressful and busy weeks, carving out time for herself.
According to a study done last year by the University of North Carolina, fewer than 1 in 4 pregnant women (23%) engaged in as much physical activity recommended by government and private health groups.
ACOG calls for women with uncomplicated pregnancies to get 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise daily. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week during pregnancy.
Exercise during pregnancy can help stave off hypertension, gestational diabetes and depression. Among many benefits for the baby, exercise can lower the fetus’s heart rate, lasting for a month after the baby is born. A low heart rate indicates that the baby’s heart is in good health, much like an adult that has gone through training.
“I’m a little sore,” my fit new mommy client said, “like after a tough workout in the gym.”