Benefits of exercising during pregnancy

Mandy Schutt, Doula, explains the importance and benefits of exercising during pregnancy and which types of exercises are best for pregnant women
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Benefits of exercising during pregnancy

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Exercise is really important during pregnancy. Things like swimming, walking, even prenatal yoga can be really beneficial to a pregnant mom. In our modern times, we don't do nearly as much walking as we were really created to do. For instance, we don't forge for food or work in the fields all day. And when you are constantly walking, constantly moving, the body releases little burst of adrenaline. And what that adrenaline does in a pregnant body is tones the uterus. And as it tones the uterus, essentially creating little mini-contractions or pressure waves, as the uterus is being toned it positions the baby into the optimal position for birthing. And once the baby's in the optimal position for birthing, his head can press on the cervix and dilation is much easier. So moms who are able to exercise a lot more have a much higher chance of having an easier, more comfortable, even faster birthing time.

Mandy Schutt, Doula, explains the importance and benefits of exercising during pregnancy and which types of exercises are best for pregnant women

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Mandy Schutt

Doula & Hypnosis Instructor

Mandy Schutt was backpacking around the world when she decided that she wanted to become a doula. As she floated through the Amazon Pampas with two European midwives, she was immediately captivated by their birth stories and the culture of womanhood that they spoke of. Traveling on through South America, Europe, and Asia, she was able to witness motherhood in a different light than she had before. When she ran across the term, "doula" for the first time, she knew this was a name she wanted to claim for herself!

Mandy looks at a woman's ability to grow another life inside of her as nothing short of a miracle. She supports women in their efforts to discover this for themselves and know that the act of giving birth is more than just an isolated event in a mother's life, it is realization of an empowerment that many never realized existed. She gave birth to her daughter in 2009, which was the single most amazing event of her life. Mandy believes that women should birth where and how they are the most comfortable and secure. Her safe place was in her home with a midwife, her husband, a doula, hypnosis, and a gorgeous pool of pain-dissolving water!

 

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