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Proper diet and exercise leads to healthier pregnancy

Is there a connection between being fit and getting pregnant? Maybe not exactly, but being physically active and eating properly can definitely lead to improved health which, by extension leads to a healthier pregnancy.

Physical activity, the act of moving around and being less sedentary, can decrease the risk of developing certain conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure.

By becoming active before pregnancy, the tendency to stay active during and after pregnancy is increased.

The same goes for eating properly. When healthy eating habits are established prior to becoming pregnant, they are much easier to maintain during and after the pregnancy – which goes a long way to getting back into shape afterward.
Exercise Benefits

Physical activity and exercise has many benefits, including the stamina to carry your baby both before and after it is born – not to mention the energy needed during labor.

Exercise is a great way to relieve emotional stress, anxiety and depression. Better sleep and more energy along with the ability to fight colds, flu and viruses with a stronger immune system are additional benefits.

By incorporating 30 minutes a day of cardiovascular exercise, which can be broken down effectively into three 10 minute sessions, along with 20 minutes of strength training a couple of times a week, a woman can prepare her body with strength for the coming pregnancy and birth.

Source:womens-health.co.uk