Happy February, and welcome to American Hearth Health month! We often look at February with the lens of LOVE, let’s take those lenses for a moment and look inward. The love you give yourself includes taking care of yourself…heart and soul. As a new mom-to-be, or a newly postpartum mom, the ripple affects to your children are also to be understood and appreciated. Your children reap the benefits of your own heart health quest!
Pregnancy: When you add cardiovascular exercise to a healthy pregnancy, your baby will experience a “training” of sorts, as well. According to research done by Dr. Linda E. May, an exercise physiologist at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, “…fetuses whose mothers had exercised showed lower heart rates and greater heart-rate variability than those whose mothers had not worked out”. These babies were born with stronger hearts than those who were growing in moms who did not exercise during pregnancy. The work you are doing on yourself by exercising, benefits that beautiful baby in utero, as well!
Postpartum: After your baby is born, it so very important to stay on course with your own heart health. The love you gift yourself through fitness is an amazing gift to your child, as well. How, you ask?
- You have the energy and strength to care for your growing baby
- You create a physical outlet for the anxiety and stress that motherhood can bring
- You show, by example, how fitness is important. Your children are watching anyway…let’s show them something we would love them to emulate one day.
Make this February a month of LOVE; loving for yourself for your children’s benefit too.
Farel Hruska, National Fitness Director, Fit4Mom Offering Fit4Baby, Strollerstrides, and BodyBack classes nationwide Facebook Twitter Pinterest Instagram
*Always speak with a medical provider before starting any exercise program.
DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by Farel Hruska, Fit4Mom, and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) or any employee thereof. PAM is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by Farel Hruska, or Fit4Mom. Consult with your own medical provider regarding your individual health questions or concerns.
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