Being pregnant unfortunately doesn’t mean you should be sitting on the couch for 9 months eating for two. It is recommended to do some light exercise during your pregnancy not only to stay in shape but to stay healthy as well. After all, a healthy mom usually leads to a healthy baby. Whether you prefer to exercise indoors or outdoors, we have you covered.
Why should you exercise whilst pregnant?
Having and maintaining a regular exercise routine during pregnancy can help keep you feeling your best and stay healthy. Regular exercise has been proven to improve your posture throughout your pregnancy and decrease some discomforts such as backache and fatigue. There has been evidence that exercising whilst pregnant can prevent Gestational Diabetes. This is a form of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy. It can also relieve stress and build more strength and stamina that will be needed for delivery.
Exercise tips for pregnancy
If you exercised before pregnancy, you should be able to continue, in moderation with your usual routine. You may not be able to continue at the level you were before pregnancy, but just do what feels comfortable. You don’t want to push yourself too hard. We recommend trying to stick to low impact aerobics. So it’s probably not the time to start your journey to become a bodybuilder!
The safest activities during pregnancy are walking, swimming, indoor cycling machines, step machines, and low impact aerobics. These are probably the best exercises to stay healthy because they carry very little risk of injury and they also benefit your entire body.
Don’t like to be stuck indoors when exercising? There are some outdoor activities that are low risk at the beginning of your pregnancy. You can play tennis or racquetball, but you should know that your balance will change as your pregnancy goes along.
If before your pregnancy you enjoyed jogging, it is still safe to carry on in your earlier stages of pregnancy. Make sure you listen to what your body is telling you and if you start to get tired, take a break and slow down.
If you haven’t been exercising much before you got pregnant, it’s probably not the best time to throw yourself in the deep end. Starting out with some light aerobic exercises for 30 minutes, three times a week should be a good start. Once you feel comfortable, you can slowly increase the length as you see fit.
You can also find specialist exercise classes designed for pregnant women, one of the most popular being prenatal yoga. This is designed specifically to strengthen the muscles used during pregnancy.
Exercising whilst pregnant isn’t the time to be looking to lose weight, but staying in shape can definitely help you shed any extra kilos after your due date.
Exercises to avoid when pregnant
Not all types of exercise is suitable when you’re pregnant, especially later into your pregnancy. You should avoid prolonged periods laying on your back. This can cause the weight of the baby to block main blood vessels which supply blood back to your heart, causing you to feel faint.
You should avoid any exercises that involve contact as this can easily result in injury which can be dangerous to the baby. Also forget about scuba diving for now and any exercise over 2,500m above sea level due to altitude sickness.
Exercising during your pregnancy has countless benefits just make sure you do it with moderation and look out for the signs. Don’t forget to eat after exercise and always stay hydrated. Do you have any tips on how to stay fit and healthy during your pregnancy? What did you do, on a daily basis to maintain a sense of well-being? Let us know down in the comments!