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Prenatal Fitness
3 reasons it’s important to get active during and after pregnancy
October 7, 2016

There are many reasons why people get active, whether it’s to lose weight, build strength, compete or just to stay healthy.

However, these reasons shift when you become pregnant. You are no longer just thinking about your own health, but also your baby’s.

Staying active during and after pregnancy has many benefits, both for you and your child—here are our top three.

NOTE: It is important to check in with your doctor or midwife before you begin any exercise program to ensure it is safe for you.

1. Improve your posture and help reduce back pain

Due to weight gain, a shift in your centre of gravity and increased hormone production, many women suffer from back pain during pregnancy. While resting all day seems tempting, moderate exercise and gentle stretching can help decrease muscle spasms and tension and strengthen spinal stability.

2. Boost your baby’s brain capacity

According to a study by the University of Montreal, just 20 minutes of exercise, three times a week, can enhance your baby’s brain development. They found that babies born from mothers who were active had a brain response that corresponded to that of babies of six to eight months of age.

3. Treat postpartum and antenatal depression

Many studies have shown that exercise is an effective treatment to help alleviate postpartum depression. Moderate to intense physical activity after pregnancy supports the loss of pregnancy weight, improves self-esteem, reduces fatigue and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Some studies have shown it can also help prevent antenatal (during pregnancy) for the same reasons.

Get started with a safe fitness routine:

This fall, Fortius had launched our first ever physiotherapy-supervised pre- and postnatal fitness programs. Starting October 26, the six-week programs are based on up-to-date medical guidelines for improving health and fitness during and after pregnancy.

The prenatal program focuses on core strength, stability, posture, and the development of optimal movement strategies, while the postnatal program focuses on diastasis recovery, posture, strength, aerobic training and nutrition. You will also learn skills for home-based training and baby is welcome to join.

Visit our Pre- and Postnatal website page to learn more and register today!