Exercise is one of the most effective tools we have to keep our bodies healthy throughout our lifetimes, and this is especially true during pregnancy. If you have high blood pressure, chronic hypertension, or a family history of preeclampsia, you may be wondering if exercise during pregnancy is safe for you. Research has shown that regular physical activity before and during pregnancy can help keep blood pressure concerns in check & reduce the risk of developing serious conditions.
Pregnancy is one of the only times in our lives that we are expected to gain weight. Healthy and optimal pregnancy weight gain depends on multiple factors, including your pre-pregnancy weight and body mass index (BMI).
During gestation the body produces approximately 50% more blood and fluids to support your baby’s development. Swelling or edema is often experienced in the hands, face, legs, ankles, and feet as a result of the additional production of fluid. Fluid retention occurs during pregnancy to soften the body which enables expansion as the baby grows.