Does exercise really help with labor?
Well, there are those exceptions of women who have exercised their entire pregnancy and still had long labors, but for the most part…. after working with over 120,000 pregnant women, I can tell you confidently that I think it does.
I get posts after messages after emails of ladies telling me that the nurses and OB doctors told them they had fast labors and easier pushing because they exercised.
Especially FIRST TIME MOMS.
The doctors are always surprised when first time moms have fast labors and they always credit their exercise for it.
Now, I do think that the RIGHT KIND OF WORKOUTS really makes a difference.
Strength training or Resistance training is the best kind because it helps not only to TONE the body and help REDUCE WEIGHT GAIN, but it also helps to STRENGTHEN the body and most importantly it really helps to tighten up the mind body connection which is so important during labor.
It helps with endurance as well as increasing the ability to handle pain.
There are so many reasons why resistance based strength training is good for pregnancy and labor.
I mean, after my two labors I knew it was….
My first, my doctor was in shock, he said in his 25 years of delivering babies he had rarely seen a first timer go in 4 hours and 15 minutes of pushing.
My second was 2 hours and 1 1/2 pushes.
Both times, 2 different doctors… both told me they thought my exercise regimen was the reason.
So maybe I am a little biased… but since then I have worked with over 120,000 women and daily I get messages and posts from women saying how fast their labor were because of exercise.
So if you ask me…… its totally worth it to invest the time into exercise during pregnancy.
I already told you that resistance based workouts are the most effective so now I am going to give you a sample workout that works the ENTIRE BODY.
It’s important to work the body in balanced way so you want to hit all the body parts on a weekly basis.
The good news is that even 3 20-60 minute workouts per week can make a huge impact on your pregnancy weight gain, comfort, labor, and recovery postpartum.
Pregnancy Exercises That Help With Labor & Delivery
- 20 Dumbbell Plie Squats
- 20 Dumbbell Rows
- 20 Deadlifts
- 20 Lateral Raises
- 20 Dips
- 20 Lateral Lunges
- 20 Dumbbell Bicep Curls
Do these 7 exercises in a row in one circuit, rest and catch your breath and then repeat it one more time.
Dumbbell Plie Squat
Dumbbell Lateral Raises
Dumbbell Bicep Curls
I hope you are feeling inspired to exercise during pregnancy, especially if labor and delivery is something you have been stressing over.
While we can’t guarantee you a quick labor, it has shown to help tremendously.
And if by any chance it doesnt, you will still see amazing benefits in reduced weight gain, muscle tone, strength, faster recovery postpartum, smarter baby, less aches and pains, etc.
Click here to start the Fit Mom-To-Be Workout Program so you can have a really good, safe and effective pregnancy workout plan that you can do for the rest of your pregnancy.
If you are struggling with what to eat and different options that are SAFE for the baby and won’t make you GAIN WEIGHT, you will totally enjoy and get great use of the MMF Pregnancy Diet Plan.
- Full Meal Plan for entire pregnancy (know exactly what nutrients you and baby need).
- Increase energy & decrease fatigue with the best food combinations.
- Easy Kid-Friendly Recipes that will save you time in the kitchen.
- Helps reduce cravings so you eat healthier and gain less weight.
- Yummy and comforting meals so you can still enjoy eating.
It’s not too late to SLOW DOWN & LESSEN your Pregnancy Weight Gain.
If you exercise, you will see a huge change.
Less weight gain, not as fast and you will feel tighter, more fit, more energetic and less fatigue.
If you don’t want to spend 6-24 months postpartum losing your “BABY WEIGHT”, invest a little time, energy and possibly resources into your health and fitness this pregnancy. It will be so worth it when you are back at your pre-pregnancy weight in less than 3 months and feeling like yourself again.
If you need guidance, support and a safe exercise plan, you will love my Fit Mom-To-Be Workout Program (tested by TENS OF THOUSANDS of pregnant women).
And you can do it for your entire pregnancy (its not just a 12 week program).
Here is what you can expect:
- Less Weight Gain
- Less Stretch Marks and Cellulite
- Faster Labor & Delivery
- Faster Postpartum Weight Loss
- More Energy
- Less Aches & Pains
- Less Chances of Gestational Diabetes
- Better Sleep
What You Get:
- Monthly workouts that change every 4 weeks (which delivers the best results).
- No gym is required (2 versions available: home and gym).
- Exercise Videos & Pictures of every single exercise.
- Can view, access and download on any smart phone, tablet or computer.
- Private Facebook Group for support, community and questions answered by Michelle Marie.
- Monthly pregnancy nutrition tips to help you throughout your pregnancy.