A Healthful Mission
BeFit-Mom’s mission is to help all women stay fit and healthy during pregnancy and beyond. Science now acknowledges these goals as not only medically sound, but beneficial for both the mother-to-be and her developing baby. Data from clinical studies has shown that fit moms have better control over weight gain, easier labor, leaner, healthier babies and they bounce back faster from pregnancy and childbirth than do sedentary women. A full discussion of the value of exercise during pregnancy can be found on the Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy page of this web site.
Knowledge Is Your Ally
Your body will undergo tremendous changes during your pregnancy and postpartum periods, changes that may at times cause concern. Leading obstetrician and pediatrician Dr. Barry Brazelton stresses that because the mother’s mental state influences the health of her baby, it is crucial for her to a maintain calm, positive state of mind during pregnancy. Knowing with reasonable certainty how to manage these changes-while safely engaging in activities that enhance the health of you and your baby-can give you invaluable peace of mind.
Bodily Systems Impacted during Pregnancy
During pregnancy, your body produces special hormones that stimulate physical changes in virtually every part of your body. Knowledge about these biomechanical changes in your
Metabolism , Cardiovascular exercise and Musculoskeletal systems is your best ally in your mission to have the healthiest pregnancy possible.
The Cardiovascular System
During pregnancy, the woman’s cardiovascular system expands to support the needs of the growing Fetus . These changes include:
- Boosts your Blood volume , the amount of blood circulating through your body, by 40% to 50%.
- Raises your resting heart rate by about 15 to 20 beats per minute (BPM) by the third trimester.
- Elevates Cardiac output , or amount of blood pumped per minute.
- Increases Stroke volume, the amount of oxygenated blood pumped in one heartbeat.
- Expands Tidal volume , or the amount of air you take in per breath.
- Dilates and relaxes your blood vessels, thereby decreasing resting blood pressure, and aiding in circulation.