Getting plenty of exercise is important to keep your body strong and healthy. This is true for daily life, and it is also true during pregnancy as well. Many women feel that they should not exercise while they are pregnant, or that exercise is unsafe during pregnancy, but this is not true.
Pregnancy means that you might need to modify your usual exercise routine, but you are certainly still able to exercise. In fact, it is recommended. Just like everyone else, pregnant women are recommended to get about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise per day. The only thing that changes is the intensity and types of exercises that are recommended.
Of course, every circumstance is different. Always speak to your physician before changing or beginning any diet or exercise regimen. Your physician is the only one acquainted enough with your specific condition to make official recommendations about what you can or should do. It is always better to be safe than sorry and discuss all questions and concerns with your doctor.
Tips for Exercising During Pregnancy
Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is very important for both your health and they baby’s. Keep water nearby and take sips often.
Don’t overdo it. If you are feeling weak, dizzy, or lightheaded at all you should stop. Start slow and try not to over exert yourself and cause any undue stress to yourself or the baby.
Make sure you do plenty of stretching before and after exercising. You wouldn’t want to pull anything or otherwise hurt yourself, especially when you are carrying your little one.
Especially during the later months, you might want to choose lower impact exercises and absolutely avoid contact sports at any point in your pregnancy.
Make sure you are keeping up with a healthy and balanced diet. Your body and baby need lots of nourishment, so remember to replace whatever calories you expend while exercising.
Exercise Ideas During Pregnancy
Prenatal Yoga— Not only is it great for strengthening and toning your body, but prenatal yoga is an excellent way to relax and learn useful breathing techniques. Prenatal yoga options are available for just about every stage of pregnancy.
Swimming— Swimming is one of the safest and most effective exercises for pregnant women at every stage of pregnancy. Swimming works all muscle groups and is also a great cardiovascular workout. Even better, the buoyancy of the water helps to offset the added baby weight.
Walking— To get a great cardiovascular workout without worrying about hurting yourself, walking is a great option during all stages of pregnancy. Make sure you wear supportive shoes to avoid extra sore feet, and try to avoid slippery or rocky terrain for safety.
Stretching— As an added step to your workout routine, or just by itself, stretching is a beneficial exercise for pregnant women. Not only does it help to relax your muscles and get them ready for movement, but it feels great and is good for strength and tone.
Pregnancy doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. In fact, to keep your body strong and healthy, it is recommended that you get daily exercise during pregnancy. Just remember your own limits, discuss everything with your doctor, and be careful.