Some women think it isn’t safe to continue exercising throughout their pregnancy, but it is actually quite beneficial. Of course, it is important that women don’t overdue it, but mild to moderate exercise during a pregnancy is a great idea.
First, it is important that you get clearance from your doctor before you begin any exercise routine, including while you are pregnant. If you have certain health issues, your doctor may not feel exercising is safe. Even with most conditions, however, there is always some form of exercise that you can take part in.
Next, call the fitness centers in your area to see if any of them are offering a class for pregnant women. You will be able to learn which exercises have the best health benefits for you and your baby. You can learn the routine and then continue it at home until it is time for baby to make an appearance.
It only takes 30 minutes per day to achieve results. Remember that you are not looking to lose weight, just stay in shape so that your pregnancy and labor and delivery go as well as possible. The right exercises can help to keep your back from becoming sore and achy, and the increased movement will help with blood circulation. You may experience less cramping in your extremities due to the exercises.
Soon to be moms can also take advantage of swimming. Swimming is a great way to get exercise when you are pregnant because you won’t feel like you’re carrying around an extra 25 to 40 pounds. You may want to mix up your exercise routine so that some of the days of the week are spent in the pool.
Make sure you stretch for several minutes before beginning your work-out routine, and that you drink plenty of water throughout the exercises. You’ll also want to be wearing a pair of sneakers with good traction. You don’t want to fall over while you are pregnant. In fact, it is best to stay away from any physical activities that require balance. There are plenty of exercises that you can do that carry very little risk.
Finally, keep checking in with your doctor throughout the pregnancy. Your situation may change from month to month. For example, you may begin experiencing high blood pressure during the end of your pregnancy. Although in most instances some exercise each day is best, you don’t want to risk going into preterm labor, or suffering any complications because you’ve had a change in health, but didn’t change your exercise routine to match.
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