It's no secret that pregnancy is a laborious process, and not just during the delivery. As a woman's stomach continues to expand and her body adjusts to carrying a child, it becomes more challenging to do everything from carrying groceries to exercising. However, engaging in physical activity leading up to the due date can prepare a mom-to-be for the labor associated with delivery.
One expectant mother who appears to be trying her best to stay in shape is Jenna Dewan-Tatum, according to The Daily Mail. Most famous for her role in the movie "Step Up," Dewan-Tatum has now turned her attention from acting to motherhood and she expects her first child with husband, Channing Tatum. Recently, Dewan-Tatum was spotted leaving a Pilates class as she looks to stay fit and strong throughout her pregnancy. The couple, who were married in 2009, allegedly did not plan the new baby. However, sources say they're both looking forward to the future with their new child.
Exercising while pregnant
As you begin to feel some common first trimester symptoms, such as fatigue and morning sickness, you may be inclined to completely forget about your rigorous pre-pregnancy workout routine. However, there are several benefits with staying fit while expecting. In addition to becoming more physically prepared for labor, you can make it easier to sleep and maintain your energy levels throughout the nine months.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand has also found that exercise during pregnancy may also benefit fetal development, according to Time magazine. Physical activity can potentially lower the chance of insulin resistance in adults (which may lead to diabetes), but this can be helpful to growing fetuses.
How have you stayed fit while pregnant? Do you have any favorite exercises? Leave your feedback in the comments section!