Are you pregnant or know someone who is? Then this article is the right one to read at this stage. Dancing does more good for you and your baby’s health than you can imagine.
Find below some benefits of dancing during pregnancy.
1. Reduce risk of pregnancy complications:
In one 2012 study, women who participated in fitness programs four times a week were less likely to develop gestational diabetes and less likely to have unplanned cesarean sections than those who didn’t exercise.
2. Lower odds of delivery complications
In another study, it was gathered that women who danced three times a week gained less weight during pregnancy and were less likely to have macrosomic babies (or babies weighing more than about nine pounds at birth). Having a heavier baby, in turn, can lead to complications for both mother and baby during delivery.
3. Speed post-delivery recovery
The more you increase your pregnancy fitness, the faster you’ll recover physically after childbirth, the more fit you’ll be after delivery. In the same 2012 study, women who danced more recovered faster after labor, resuming household chores faster than those who didn’t exercise.
4. Boost your mood
Women are more susceptible than ever to depression during pregnancy, with an estimated one in two of all women reporting increased depression or anxiety while they’re expecting. But research has found that dancing during pregnancy reduces depression, releasing endorphins that help improve mood while diminishing stress and anxiety.
5. Lower blood pressure
Blood pressure occasionally does go up during pregnancy, but too much and it can be a warning sign of preeclampsia. Staying active, in one study, simply dancing regularly has been found to keep blood pressure from rising.
6. Ease back and pelvic pain
It’s no secret that your growing baby bump puts extra pressure on your lower half, resulting in lower back pain and an achy pelvis. Dancing, however, may result in less lower-back and pelvic pain during late pregnancy.
7. Fight fatigue
Low-level tiredness plagues many women during the first trimester, then again late in the third trimester. While it seems paradoxical, sometimes getting too much rest can actually make you feel more tired. So while you should never push yourself to exhaustion, a little nudge —dance training can make a big difference in your energy level.
8. Improve sleep
While many pregnant women report having a harder time falling asleep, those who dance consistently (as long as it’s not near bedtime, which can be too energizing) say the quality of their sleep is better and that they wake up feeling more rested.
9. Relieve constipation
An active body encourages active bowels. Some women swear that an energetic dance keeps them regular, while others say even a 10-minute little dance helps get things going.