Benefits Of Exercise During Pregnancy

So here’s the thing … I am now FINALLY in my last and FINAL trimester with Baby Bethea #2! That’s right, we are currently in the last stretch of this journey. Mind you it had been SUPER rough. I never knew Hyperemesis Gravidarum was even a thing until I had it with this pregnancy. From the moment we found out we were unexpectedly expecting surprise miracle #2, I have been struggling with the ins and outs of pregnancy blues. While yes, it should be a time to reflect, enjoy, and celebrate this wonderful blessing … I can’t blame those who suffer HG (like me) to wish it will be over sooner rather than later. So how do I cope? Keeping myself busy and active (as much as I can and as much as I am allowed).

There’s a lot of benefits when it comes to exercising while being pregnant. Except not everyone is able to stay as active. Ensuring fitness and well-being during pregnancy goes a long way in keeping both the mother and baby healthy. Maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle can make pregnancy more pleasant and feasible. Studies suggest that pregnant women gradually become less fit as the pregnancy progresses partly because of their weight gain or pregnancy woes. Keeping up with an exercise regimen can somehow help.

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Better Sleep
Physical activity helps to provide a relaxed sleep that is important for both the mother and baby. Problems sleeping can be a result of stress and anxiety. Exercising regularly aids in reducing these uneasy feelings, ensuring proper sleep. Sleeping soundly increases endurance and helps to keep a person fresh and alert.

Relief from Constipation
This is an uncomfortable symptom of pregnancy. Physical activity helps prevent the digestive system from becoming sluggish. Low-impact exercises done on a regular basis can have a beneficial effect on the digestive system and can help off-set constipation.

Backache Relief
Lower backaches are a common side effect of pregnancy, which can be quite debilitating. Weak muscles in the torso can make this even worse. This is why it is crucial to keep the core muscles strong to alleviate any back pain that may result from added weight during pregnancy.

Positive Self-Image
Exercise promotes feelings of well-being and a positive self-image. This is true even outside of pregnancy. Maintaining an exercise program can build a woman’s self-esteem throughout her pregnancy and beyond.

Good Posture
Exercise can actually promote correct posture. This is due in part to strengthening muscles that are responsible for keeping the back and shoulders straight and upright. In addition, exercise can help to reduce fat deposits in specific areas that may become a hindrance during pregnancy.

Dealing with Labor
Keeping fit throughout pregnancy will give the mother the strength and endurance she will need for labor. Childbirth is extremely exerting, but it can be easier to deal with if the body is kept active. Studies suggest that pregnant women who are physically fit actually have slightly shorter labors, and are better able to deal with its intensity. Also, physical fitness can reduce the number of complications that are associated with labor and childbirth.

How do I manage to work out and stay active despite all the aches and pains? Distraction, motivation, and shifting my focus to the music that I am listening to. I love tuning out my worries and stress away. Sometimes I tune in to acoustics, but most often than not, I prefer some good ole’ R&B. For this specific task, I obviously need a truly-wireless headphones. This is the main feature of the JLab Headphones: #1 True Wireless Earbuds. While there are many products out there in the market, these following key features stood out for me the most:

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Hopefully these tips come in handy and helpful. If you have some tips that I have forgotten to mention in this post, feel free to share in the comment box or message me directly. I am always open to ideas to help fellow mamas and readers alike. Until next post!

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  • robin rue

    I chose to do absolutely NOTHING when I was pregnant LOL, but I know there are some amazing benefits to exercising.

    • Surekha-dreamingloud
      robin rue

      So many great benefits of exercise for an expecting mom. Thanks for sharing this tips and knowledge. Very useful.

  • Janel

    It’s the lack of sleep and hurting back that always get to me!! This is such a motivational post to get someone moving!!! LOL

  • Brittany Clark

    I wish I knew about these tips when I was pregnant with my kids! I didn’t exercise enough!

  • Liz Mays

    Exercise is definitely a good way to keep those uncomfortable symptoms under control. It’s nice to feel like you’re still somewhat athletic during those months too.

  • Marcie W.

    Staying active is always a good idea! I did not exercise during any of my pregnancies, but I wish I had.

  • Heather

    I wish I had exercised more when I was pregnant. There are so many benefits!

  • Stacie

    There are many great benefits to exercising while pregnant. Expectant moms could gain some valuable insight and then come up with an exercise plan with their OB/GYN.

  • Brianne Tursi Manz

    I exercised while pregnant through all 3 of my pregnancies. All of the benefits you mentioned are true, AND I was able to recover quicker post-partum.

  • Mama to 6 Blessings

    I was horrible at exercising when I was pregnant. I wish I wasn’t because I may have not gained so much weight each time!

  • Celebrate Woman Today

    So glad that you are exercising and are able to maintain an active lifestyle. I, too, went to the gym during my pregnancy and felt great.

  • Adriana

    I loved working out while pregnant, not only did it help me “bounce back” sooner, it helped me with labor and delivery

  • Amber Killmon

    Who knew there were so many benefits! This is a great resource for pregnant women.

  • Sherry

    I didn’t know there were so many benefits to exercising while pregnant if one is able to do so. I wish I would have done so when I was pregnant.

  • Sue

    It’s been a long time since I was pregnant… and I did try to exercise during both my pregnancies… but I likely could have done better. LOL

  • Catalina

    My friend is pregnant and she would use these advice. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenni

    When I was pregnant I loved going to pre natal yoga and aqua aerobics

  • Sundeep

    This is amazing post. My wife is pregnant and she is having backache I am sharing this blog with my partner. Thanks a lot

  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    So many immense benefits to exercising while pregnant! Besides, it’s another of keeping away the boredom.

  • Calleigh

    Pregnancy may be a time when women are particularly open to positive behavior change and the belief that pregnancy wasn’t a good time to start exercising is no longer applicable.

  • WanderlustBeautyDreams

    I didn’t know all of these benefits. Thanks so much sharing all this information. Will share this to all my pregnant friends.

  • Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen

    Some great tips here to stay active and healthy during pregnancy. It’s so important to keep exercising

  • Searcy

    This is great info! I had horrible HG during my pregnancy and any movement made it worse. I didn’t work out at all and now that I’m postpartum I’m having a hard time motivating myself.

  • Samantha C

    Such an interesting article. A friend of mine climbed throughout her prenancy – all the way up to a week before she gave birth! She attributes her really easy birth to her ongoing fitness, and basically just listened to her body.

  • Samantha Donnelly

    What a great post for those who are pregnant, keeping fit is good for you especially whilst pregnant. Unfortuntely I was too ill to do anything when i was pregnant

  • Britney

    I was so sick pregnancy with my second that I quit the gym but I kept up with prenatal yoga! So many benefits

  • Sophia Damasceno

    I know when I am pregnant someday that I will for sure want to workout and exercise.

  • Matt Taylor

    Thanks for sharing the benefits of exercise during pregnancy! Will share this with my friends when they are pregnant or planning to be. 🙂

  • Erin

    I’ve always wondered about working out while pregnant. No plans on pregnancy yet, but its good to know for the future that I’ll be able to get exercise regardless.

  • Myrah Duque

    I too think that exercising while pregnant really helps during labor. Having the right headphones is a must too.

  • Jenny

    I swam and walked when I was pregnant, it helped easy pregnancy aches and pains.

  • Mellissa Williams

    Listening to music can be great for stress relief and can energise too. Music is so linked to emotions. The headphones sound great

  • emmandamian

    It really helps you relax and meditate better. It also increases your health benefits. Also, it prevents some diseases.

  • Sarupa Shah

    Exercise is always a good idea – at any time – and of course music while exercise is so great as it takes your mind off what you are doing 🙂

  • Emily

    This post is super important for pregnant women and their babies!!

  • Sarah Bailey

    These sound like some great benefits for people to remember that come with exercising while pregnant. I am sure at times it can be hard to keep moving.

  • LashuNta

    Great advice. I have a friend who’s expecting I’ll share this with her.

  • Jay MIH

    Thank you for the tips. Will try to remember this next time I’m pregnant.

  • Nicz Escat.

    Thanks for reminding..! I am not pregnant but I have a friend who does. I’m gonna share this post to her..

  • Rachel

    As a mom of three kids, I can certainly attest to this. 100%!

  • Lora frost

    Thank you for sharing. Great tips for expectant mothers.

  • Subhashish Roy

    These are some really useful tips for all expecting mothers. It would also put to rest all doubts that they may have regarding exercises during pregnancy.

  • Sincerely Jackline

    I know a friend who’s expecting, I will definitely share this blog to her. And thanks for recommending JBuds, I bet it works excellent.

  • tweenselmom

    It is very important! When I was pregnant with my babies, I used to travel for a very long distance and I think it became my form of exercise back then. Though I delivered via cs, I easily recuperated.

  • KiwI

    When I get pregnancy I definitely want to stay active. I heard your labor will be a lot easier.

  • Anna

    I used to work out a lot during my pregnancy, it helped me lift my mood and stay in shape! JLab #1 True Wireless Earbuds sound like an amazing find!

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    I love these! I did workout while pregnant with the boys. It just made it easier for us while we waited. You always want to stay healthy.

  • Fatima Torres

    I love that you’ve shared this because I thought I was crazy for trying to workout during my pregnancy. People would always advise not to. Staying active is so important.

  • Natasha Mairs

    I wish I exercised more during my pregnancy’s. I did more with my middle child and I think it really helped in labour

  • Erin

    This looks so great to help those who are expecting. Great ideas for them.

  • Kira

    Some really great advice here . I exercised throughout all my pregnancy and it honestly helped loads

  • Melanie williams

    Wow there are so many perks here, I did not know that exercise in pregnancy could be so beneficial xx

  • Emily

    I was terrible about exercising when I was pregnant! Then again I wasn’t much of an exerciser before my first anyway. I did get better after each pregnancy, but never stayed throughout and I wish I had!

  • Rebecca Smith

    Pregnancy can be so tiring but the benefits of exercise in pregnancy are so good. I definitely should have exercised more during my pregnancies.


    I’ve always heard there are great benefits to exercising while pregnant. I’m definitely sharing this post with my friend who is expecting.!

  • Tash

    Some great tips here, it’s always best to try and stay active in pregnancy, but sometimes that motivation is absolutely zero! This is a great post to spur people on!

  • Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    So important to keep active during pregnancy, not only for everyday fitness but for the birth too

  • angelina

    I have always been so curious about this, so glad I have some of my questions answered. Wonderful and informative post. Thank you

  • Thisgermanmama

    Staying active in pregnancy is so important, I wish I would have done more exercise during both my pregnancies.