Rest assured, you will not be the only one benefiting from your exercise routine. Your baby will, of course, be benefiting, too.
Dr. Clapp also studied the effects of prenatal exercise on babies and found that expectant mothers who exercise have “tougher” babies. The stresses of late pregnancy and labor do not produce as many warning signs in the babies of exercising mothers. They are also lighter and leaner, with no signs of growth retardation. “Exercising” babies have also shown that they respond better to their environments after birth, and are more likely to develop a selfsoothing instinct, perhaps hastening a baby’s ability to sleep through the night.
Pregnancy and motherhood are life-changing events that are filled with highs and lows, good days and bad days. By exercising during pregnancy, expectant women can begin the new chapter in their lives with optimism and a sense of doing what is best for themselves and for their babies. With such an auspicious beginning, the best is yet to come!