awomenshealthclinic It is very important to embark on a suitable program of physical activity once you know that you are pregnant. The appropriate level of physical activity will provide the following benefits:

1. Cardiovascular benefit: A healthy level of physical activity is very good for the health of cardiovascular system. It will improve cardiovascular fitness and will reduce the incidence of two major diseases affecting pregnancy, Gestational Diabetes and Hypertension of pregnancy.

2. Healthy weight gain: It is appropriate for women to gain anywhere between 25-30 pounds during their pregnancy. However women do tend to gain much more than this. A healthy workout will keep the weight gain to the minimum required during pregnancy.

3. Increased laxity of ligaments of pelvis: Workouts during pregnancy, especially pelvic tilts, pelvic muscle exercises and abdominal exercises tone up and strengthen the muscles and ligaments of the pelvis. Apart from this there is also relaxation of the ligaments of the pelvis.