One of the most debated issues of expecting mothers is whether or not exercising during pregnancy is a good idea. While arguments discouraging it are rampant, fitness experts and doctors encourage having 10 active minutes a day. Some of our favorite celebrity moms regularly hit the gym while sporting a glow and their bumps. Being a few months along herself, TV host Bianca Gonzalez-Intal proves that staying fit is as important to her as it is to her baby. With each workout, she quashes some of the most popular myths about exercising during pregnancy.
Disclaimer: make sure to get your doctor’s go signal before doing any exercise
Bianca Gonzalez-Intal proves that exercising during pregnancy is important for moms and their babies
Myth 1: Exercising during pregnancy will only make you feel more exhausted
Contrary to popular belief, exercising while pregnant will actually boost your energy. In fact, lying in bed too much and excessive rest can make you feel lethargic and exhausted. By getting your blood going and breaking out a sweat, your body releases happy hormones. More formally known as endorphin, dopamine, and serotonin, these hormones also increase your focus and improves concentration. With a 20-minute light run or quick workout like Bianca’s, it’s enough to increase happy hormones levels significantly.
Myth 2: Ab workouts will hurt your baby
Not only are ab workouts beneficial, they are actually essential for expecting moms. By working your core during pregnancy, more support for your pelvic organs as the bump gets bigger and have increased control during labor. Give it a try by holding a plank for a few seconds or doing some bodyweight squats like Bianca.
Myth 3: Exercising during pregnancy is only for making weight loss after childbirth easier
While this is true in some cases, there are far more benefits to exercising during pregnancy than that. Building up your body, especially the back, legs, and arms, can make things easier before, during, and after childbirth.
As your baby bump gets bigger, your center of gravity shifts forward, which can strain your back. By strengthening your back, you will be able to support your pregnant belly with better posture. Additionally, stronger arms and legs make it easier to carry yourself during pregnancy and your baby as it grows.