The other day my dad sent me this article: Diet and Exercise Advice During Pregnancy Yields Better Birth Outcomes. (Published by Pharmacy Times, so it’s definitely a reputable source!) I was happy to read it because it confirmed what I thought to be true and what I believed throughout my pregnancy.
The article supports the idea that “weight gain in pregnancy is not an ideal measure of pregnancy health.” I love this for several reasons. First, I never think that the scale is a good indicator of anything. It’s more about how you feel, even when you’re pregnant. I never got too hung up on numbers during pregnancy because I felt good and I consistently got good reports from my doctor. I did gain the average thirty pounds during my pregnancy. I know I “looked small” to some, but it doesn’t matter. You know what mattered? That I ate fairly healthy and got a moderate amount of exercise throughout. That’s what counts!
The study reports that eating healthier and increased physical activity during pregnancy were “directly associated with significant improvements in outcomes for babies.” They’re not talking about crazy hard workouts either! It states 15 – 20 minutes of brisk walking most days of the week yields positive benefits. If you followed my pregnancy journey, then you know that’s what the majority of my workouts entailed! Occasionally I went swimming or lifted light weights, but from the beginning until the very end, I was walking.
These findings also suggest that healthier choices in terms of eating and exercise resulted in shorter hospital stays, as well. I know a lot of ladies who have given birth, and most of the ones who practiced healthy habits during their pregnancy had easier labors (if there is such a thing!) and delivered healthy babies.
Disclaimer: I do recognize that unpredictable complications occur in all types of women, even those who are healthy. My point is that there is evidence of living a healthy lifestyle throughout pregnancy can (but does not guarantee…. nothing does) help with delivering a healthy baby!
Here is William’s birth story: the before and the during. I had an absolutely wonderful delivery, and do attribute a lot of it to my healthy choices. But don’t just take it from me. I have many other bloggers who are living examples of strong, healthy women and mommas willing to share their stories, tips, and thoughts with you!
- Madison’s Natural Birth Story by Lori at Purely Twins
- KB’s Birth Story by Heather at Side of Sneakers
- Lucas’s Birth Story Part I and Part II by Courtney at Sweet Tooth Sweet Life
- Sterling’s Natural Birth Story by Liz at LCR Wellness
- Max’s Natural Birth Story by Rachel at Mrs. Melbs
- Baby J’s Natural Birth Story by Laura at Mommy Run Fast
- Keira Sage’s Natural Birth Story by Stephanie at The Pregnant Athlete
- Bryn’s Birth Story by Madeline at Food, Fitness, & Family
- Lily’s Birth Story Part I and Part II by Annette at Enjoy Your Healthy Life
Fitness During Pregnancy:
- The Pregnant Lady Workout
- Scaling Back From CrossFit by Liz at LCR Wellness
- Fit Pregnancy by Cheneil at The Fit NP
- Pregnancy Workouts by Madeline at Food, Fitness, & Family
- Are HR Restrictions A Myth? by Annette at Enjoy Your Healthy Life
- Fitness Modifications From A Pregnant Instructor by Annette at Enjoy Your Healthy Life
Other Pregnancy Topics:
- Pregnancy Weight Gain by Sarah at Creating A Better Tomorrow
- Baby W’s Journey (bumpdates, birth story, and more!) by Mallory at Mal Smiles
- Eating Clean During Pregnancy by Upala at Pretty in Pink Fitness
- Everything Baby by Ashley at Coffee, Cake, & Cardio
photos by Stephanie Cotta Photography
If you are thinking about or trying to get pregnant, or if you are pregnant, I would strongly encourage you to check out the above posts, make [mostly] healthy choices in regards to food, and incorporate some type of activity in your daily life! YOU CAN DO IT! There are so many benefits, science proves it, and there’s evidence in all the lovely ladies’ stories!
*I am not a doctor. Always consult your doctor before making any changes.
Do you consider yourself healthy in terms of food and fitness? Moms: do you feel like a healthy pregnancy resulted in a healthy birth and a healthy baby? Please share your story!