How To Stay Active While You're Pregnant

October 24, 2018

Mummies-to-be can still keep fit while baby's in the belly! Although exercise can sometimes take the backseat once you've got a bun in the oven, you don't necessarily have to cut it out of your schedule the next nine months.

 

Why Exercise During Pregnancy?

 

Exercise has plenty of benefits for pregnant mothers. For instance, it helps maintain physical fitness throughout pregnancy while reducing discomfort and improving posture. Regular exercise also lowers the risk of gestational diabetes, prevents and relieves constipation and speeds up post-delivery recovery.

 

And all that only covers some of its awesome physical benefits. Emotionally, exercises is both a mood and energy booster which effectively relieves stress. It also provides you with a sense of control while your body and hormones are changing, and creates an opportunity for you to make friends at exercise classes to share pregnancy stories with.

 

What Mummy Does Affects Baby Too

 

It's not only your body that benefits when you exercise. Regular workouts during pregnancy can build a better immune system for your baby and provide him or her with a greater oxygen flow. It may even result in a better birth weight.

 

Remember To Take Care When Engaging In Exercise

 

Of course, exercising when pregnant does come with its own set of precautions. Always check with your doctor whether it's safe to exercise before doing so, and discuss any planned workouts with him or her before officially starting your routine. 

 

 

 

While working out, these are some things you should take note of:

 

Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes during your workout

Select shoes that provide ample support and are suitable for the kind of exercise you’re doing

Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise

Alert someone if you're about to exercise alone so they know to check on you

Ask your doctor for a list of warning signs to look out forInclude a pregnancy-friendly warm-up in your routine

Measure your heart rate as you exercise

Try to exercise in a temperature-controlled room to avoid becoming overheated

Never overexert yourself

 

Exercises You Can Enjoy While Pregnant

 

Walking or Jogging

 

These exercises should be done on flat, even surfaces, and pregnant mummies shouldn’t push themselves too hard. Those who used to run regularly before pregnancy should start with walks before gradually shifting to jogs, and those who rarely exercise prior to pregnancy should ease into it and start with relaxed strolls.

 

Swimming or Aqua Aerobics

 

Swimming can improve the flow of blood and oxygen. It’s also therapeutic and relieves pressure from your tired legs and back. If you’re not accustomed to swimming or aqua aerobics but wish to add them to your exercise routine, try joining classes for pregnant mothers.

 

Yoga and Pilates

 

There are several yoga and pilates class designed for pregnant women, and both forms of exercise can actually help improve your strength for delivery. Besides having wonderful physical benefits, both yoga and pilates also improve your mental well-being.

 

Stationary Cycling

 

Spinning increases the heart rate without creating too much stress on your joints – but of course like any other form of exercise, don't overdo it and always practise moderation. Its bonus benefit is a lowered risk of falling since it involves cycling on a stationary bike.

 

Squatting

 

Squats not only strengthen your muscles, but in some cases even help with a smoother delivery by opening your pelvic outlet during labour. However, it's important to check with a professional or personal trainer that you're doing your squats correctly.

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