5. Improves Mood
Exercise is just as effective as medication when it comes to improving your mood during pregnancy. Exercise promotes the release of endorphins in your body, which help improve mood while diminishing stress and anxiety.
Plus, it helps you sleep better, which plays an important role in improving your mood and spirit.
A 2007 study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness reports that both aqua- and land-based exercise appear to be equally beneficial for pregnant women to engage in to improve mood. Additionally, exercise resulted in enhanced mood in women in their second or third trimesters.
Furthermore, a 2012 study published in the Journal of Physiotherapy found that a supervised, three-month program of primarily aerobic exercise during pregnancy reduces depressive symptoms.
6. Eases Back and Pelvic Pain
Often as women enter the second and third trimesters, they suffer from lower back pain. This can be due to weight gain, posture changes and tensed muscles.
To ease back or pelvic pain, exercise is the best option. Regular exercise strengthens your muscles, which helps your body cope better with the aches and pains of pregnancy.
A 2007 study published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies reports that promoting good posture and regular exercise can be recommended as a method to relieve back pain in pregnant women.
A 2012 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that exercising during mid-pregnancy can result in lower prevalence of low back pain, pelvic girdle pain and depression in late pregnancy.
Similarly, a 2016 study published in Physiotherapy reports that exercise is the most frequently used and most effective treatment for managing pregnancy-related lower back pain.