CrossFit, Pregnancy and Post-partum
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Did you know?
Women who exercise during pregnancy:
- Have reduced weight gain and fat deposition during pregnancy
- Have fewer pregnancy discomforts
- Report a more rapid physical and emotional recovery from delivery
- Tend to have easier, shorter and less complicated labors
- Have less need for pain relief during labor
- Have more stamina during labor
- Increase their aerobic capacity
- Decrease their susceptibility to illness
- Increase their energy level
Babies of exercising mums:
- Have significantly lower heart rates than babies of non-exercising mums
- Are better able to cope with the stress of birth
- Have a greater ability to adapt to life outside the uterus
- Are more healthy at birth
- Are leaner at birth and tend to stay lean as they grow
- Sleep through the night sooner
- Are better able to self-calm
- Score higher on tests of general intelligence and oral language skills
- Have decreased risks of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases later in life
- Mothers, who ingest Omega-3 during pregnancy, have babies with advanced levels of attention spans, which can last well into the second year of life.