Some women are worried about gaining weight during pregnancy so they watch what they eat or think that exercising will help maintain weight. However, there are other reasons why you should be taking prenatal exercise classes and weight is not exactly a priority if you thought it was. Taking exercise classes while pregnant is beneficial to your body because obviously there are going to be so many changes you go through; if this is your first pregnancy then you especially will experience the unexpected.
Studies show that women who partake in various forms of exercise classes while pregnant not only have more energy but they also experience less discomfort during delivery, sleep better, develop less complications during their pregnancy period, are more prepared to give birth and are calmer with higher level of serotonin. With all the aforementioned, what’s there to lose by taking prenatal exercise classes?
When it comes to the type of class, one can pick from several options including – but not limited to – aquatic, spinning, yoga or barre prenatal exercise. While every instructor is difficult, hence teaching will vary from studio to studio or the gym one goes, yoga for example, is the type of prenatal exercise class that focuses on stretching, flexibility, breathing techniques and stamina as its core premises. This is done in combination with thinking about keeping your mind and mood at ease throughout the class.
Another major advantage of engaging in yoga specifically is that posture is addressed for sitting, standing and laying down. This can be very useful for when a woman is at home and trying to go to sleep for example. Taking prenatal exercise classes such as yoga allow one to be well-versed with using pillows to prop oneself in a comfortable position to allow for sleep whereas another class may not teach this technique. Nevertheless, taking prenatal exercise classes is essential to pregnancy and advantageous in any form.