Baby is dependent on adequate supplies of nutrients so, keeping the juices flowing through the placenta, is important.
So every Mom needs good plumbing.
Meet the chief plumber
The placenta. The placenta is responsible for laying down the pipes that connect Mom and babe, as well as keeping them open.
Now, the task of laying down the pipes begins, right at the beginning of pregnancy and requires the blastocyst, to implant deeply in the uterus.
A poor start – can lead to a troubled finish or no finish at all. Eish !
The implantation process is risky business. Mom’s nutritional status and the quality of the egg, both help facilitate the hook up. But, truth be told, many fertilized eggs, just miss the boat and slip into oblivion. And a high percentage, take hold, but not deeply enough, which sees them unable to hold on for the full nine months.
A strong initial connection is critical.
But, keeping up with the needs of a developing fetus, is hard work.
Mom’s plumbing system has to step up to the challenge.
So does the placenta.
The quality of the piping matters
Luckily, pregnant moms can support the placenta.
Well first thing to understand, the placenta effectively operates in a vacuum. It has very little idea of what’s going on inside Mom’s head. It has no connection to the nervous system. None. Nada. The only information it is able to glean, comes from the blood whooshing through.
The force of the whoosh, acts as a mechanical signal and the composition of the blood, provides the chemical signals, which then guides the placenta’s behaviour. New one on fire
Now when a Mom exercises i.e. gets her heart rate up, there is a bigger whoosh.
Big whooshes call for big retorts
You see, any exercise creates oxidative stress.
Which yes, is a bad thing, in excess, but a good thing in moderation. The increased oxidative stress, sparks the release of nitric oxide.
In big amounts.
Nitric oxide is one of the chemicals that causes blood vessels to dilate. A dilated blood vessel, is a tiny bit wider and that means, more blood is able to move through it.
In the moment. And in the moments that follow.
Placenta’s that exercise
Are bigger. The nitric oxide signalling encourages the blood vessel to undergo angiogenesis i.e. grow and multiply.
The same thing happens in muscles.
The more you exercise, the more you can exercise and as an added bonus, the more resilient your blood vessels are.
Give your baby’s placenta a workout
Build that placenta …………….. put on your takkies and get moving. Don’t overdo it !
Having a fit placenta, will ensure your baby gets all the goodies it needs to grow big and strong. And, decrease the odds that the feeding line fails.
Babies born to moms who exercise, pop out with lower heart rates because they have strapping sturdy hearts as a result of their in utero exercise sessions.
Experiencing too much stress during pregnancy is risky, for both Mom and baby, spending time on a yoga mat is one way to bring a little stress relief.
FOfficially you’re supposed to engage in at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week, so pounding the pavement with Fido is a valuable health move