If you are practicing martial arts you already know that exercise is good for you, that is no doubt. But what should you do when you are pregnant? Can training hurt your baby? Is it beneficial to train when you’re pregnant? Luckily, for all athletes, the official advice of ACOG (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) is that all women with normal pregnancies should get at least 20 to 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most or all days of the week.
Staying active through your prepares your body for the physical demands of pregnancy and labor by strengthening and maintaining your muscles and building endurance. And makes it much easier to bounce back in shape after your baby is born. You will definitely feel better about yourself. Also, you ’ll be less likely to put on excess weight and in lower risk for developing gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
Your baby will also have a lot of benefits from your workouts!
Researches theorize that changes in heart rate and oxygen levels stimulate babies. Since a baby’s heart rate gets pumped up as his/her moms which may result in a healthier heart later in life. Babies in exercising moms-to-be tend to be more fit, with healthier weights and better recovery from the stresses of birth.
Even though you’re conditioned athlete (or you’re just starting) before you put on your karate gi make sure that you have a green light from your healthcare provider. Your practitioner will most likely encourage you to stick with your regular routine. But make sure that you’re clear about appropriate programs and movements. If you have any medical or pregnancy complications your provider may limit your physical activities.