Having a child is a life-changing, momentous experience that can leave you feeling simultaneously ecstatic, overwhelmed, and anxious. However, studies have found that exercise boosts levels of serotonin, a brain chemical linked to mood, putting you in better spirits.

And when you're carrying an extra 15 pounds (or more!) in front of you, finding a comfortable sleeping position can be a real challenge. But exercise will help you work off any excess energy and tire you enough to lull you into a deeper, more restful slumber.

The though of getting back into your skinny jeans alone is motivation enough for many women to embark on a pregnancy exercise regimen. When you've maintained your strength and muscle tone all through your pregnancy, your body will have an easier time bouncing back after you give birth.

So whether you’re with bump or sans bump, there are plenty of activities you can take part in to benefit your life as you prepare to become a mum or tackle life as a new mum.