Being pregnant is probably the most joyous and laid-back time of your life! You are taken care of and pampered to no end by all your loved ones. But, just because you are pregnant does not mean that you have to stop exercising or that you cannot have a fitness routine.
Exercising during pregnancy can help you to keep off excess weight as well as prepare the body for childbirth. There are some exercises that are perfectly safe during pregnancy.
Of course, every woman’s body is different and reacts differently to increased activity, so it is important to first talk to your doctor before beginning any type of exercise. Even if you have been exercising regularly, you will probably need to slow down and alter your routine now. Here are a few exercises that pregnant women can indulge in, that too without any side-effects.
Walking is a perfect exercise for anyone, and that includes pregnant women. To start with, walk for just ten minutes at a time. If you can, then work up to half an hour. But, always listen to your body. See whether you are able to handle long walks or not.
If you are used to running, you will have to slow down your pace now. But, before you get ready for a run, it is best to check with your doctor, as it is a strenuous activity and it might not be good for you and the baby.
Swimming is another excellent exercise. It's a fun and easy way of working up your limbs and feeling refreshed (especially in the killer summers!). The great thing about swimming during pregnancy is that you can feel weightless and buoyant in the water. This feeling can be a great relief in the last few months of pregnancy, when the heaviness starts to wear you down. It will help you in keeping your body toned without putting any stress on your muscle joints.
Aerobics is another activity that you can enjoy during pregnancy. To ensure that it is low-impact, be sure to find an exercise program with an instructor, who knows what he or she is doing. Aerobics is a great way to tone your muscles and strengthen your heart.
Yoga can be enjoyed during pregnancy, if it involves the right moves. It can help a woman stay toned and in shape during pregnancy. Breathing exercises that are practiced during yoga sessions can also help you in breathing properly during your delivery. Again, finding a qualified instructor who has knowledge about what moves are safe for pregnant women, is very important.
Doctors say that stationary cycling is also a safe activity during pregnancy. The advantage of cycling is that it benefits the entire body. Your doctor might tell you that it is alright to ride a regular bicycle for a while if you have already been doing it.
An advantage with the stationary cycle is that your body can handle this activity as the baby grows. Another benefit is that you do not have to leave the house if you have your own bike at home. This could be very desirable during the later (and more uncomfortable) months of pregnancy.
What exercises to avoid:
Basically, pregnant women should avoid any exercise that is extremely strenuous or could result in injury.
Physical sports where you might get hit should obviously be avoided, as should dangerous sports where there is the risk of falling.
Avoid any type of exercise that has too much of jumping, bouncing or twisting.
ALWAYS, ALWAYS check with your doctor before starting a new exercise regime or changing your existing one.
So, use these tips to come up with a safe exercise program for you and your baby during pregnancy. It will not only help you stay fit, but also make your skin glow!