Recent studies have found that women who exercise throughout their pregnancy have, on average, a 25% lower possibility of C-sections and 14% lower rate of forceps usage. Additionally, pregnant women who exercise can expect an average of two hours less labor time and their babies can have higher APGAR scores. The higher the APGAR score -- the healthier the newborn. (Clapp, 1990)
Exercise can also help reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling. It can help prevent gestational diabetes, and it can increase your energy and improve your mood and posture too. Muscle strengthening exercises can increase your endurance during childbirth, and best of all.. regular exercise can help you sleep better.. ALL Moms need that!