A recent Canadian study tells us that working out 3 times a week during pregnancy cuts your odds of major complications by 40%.
Apparently, my Nonna told my mother that she should never raise her arms above her head during pregnancy, because the cord could become wrapped around the baby's neck. We have thankfully dropped this little pearl of wisdom from the family book of treasures (sorry, Nonna.)
The jury is IN, and it turns out that working out during pregnancy is probably the single most important thing you can do to AVOID complications. The CSEP just released their 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity, and they've stated that throughout Pregnancy, you should aim to have 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week, over a minimum of three days per week.
Evidence shows that working out during pregnancy leads to fewer newborn complications, as well as numerous maternal health benefits. Regular exercise during pregnancy has been shown to reduce risk of all of the following pregnancy complications:
- gestational hypertension
- gestational diabetes
- caesarean delivery
- instrumental delivery
Contrary to what people might try to tell you, you're NOT going to hurt your baby by exercising, even vigorously. Physical activity in pregnancy is NOT associated with miscarriage, stillbirth, or preterm rupture of membranes.
The CSEP specifically recommends yoga during pregnancy, and so do we! Raise your arms if you're in! ;)