Exercising when you are pregnant is an excellent way to keep you and your baby healthy. You definitely don't want to overdo it, but daily exercise will help you get through your pregnancy and delivery much more comfortably!
Exercising During Pregnancy
Exercising when you are pregnant is an excellent way to keep you and your baby healthy. You definitely don't want to overdo it, but daily exercise will help you get through your pregnancy and delivery much more comfortably! The current recommendation is 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise. If you were exercising before you became pregnant, talk to your doctor about continuing on that same program. If you are a beginner , ask your doctor to recommend a program to get you started.
Some of the benefits of exercise during pregnancy include increased energy levels (you'll need those with a newborn also!), your back and thigh muscles will be strengthened to help you carry your added baby weight, you'll be helping to avoid constipation, and you will sleep better. Exercising regular also puts your body into better shape for labor and delivery.
Think about what you like to do, and ask your doctor if it is safe to do while pregnant. Swimming and water aerobic, along with walking are ideal. Many gyms have special pregnacy yoga and pilates classes, which are low impact and help develop your strength, flexibility, and help you to relax
If you develop the following symptoms, it means your body is trying to tell you to slow down.
* Feeling very tired
* Feeling dizzy
* Your heart pounding in your chest
* Being short of breath
* Back or pelvic pain
Keep in mind that as your pregnancy advances, your body shape will change and so will your sense of balance. Let your doctor know your exercise plan. Also, if you find yourself unable to talk while you do your exercises, slow down. Keep your heart rate below 160 beats per minute. Remember, eat balanced meals to fuel your body for exercise and drink plenty of water. Stick with it, and you'll have a much easier pregnancy!