Safe Exercise During Pregnancy

by admin on 12:25 AM

Pregnancy is a time of growth and change. This is true for the mind as well as the body. As a woman’s body nurtures a new being, she can go through a range of new sensations and emotions. Although not all activity is recommended for women when they are pregnant, pregnant women may perform safe exercise during pregnancy.

Low Risk Exercise to be Performed During Pregnancy

Every woman is different with regard to how much her normal activities will need to be altered in order to accommodate her growing figure and hormonal irregularities. Maternity clothes must be bought to keep up with physical changes, and mental preparation for being a mother must begin. Some women are able to continue in their usual patterns for work and home life, while others make drastic modifications during those precious nine months.Safe Exercise During Pregnancy 300x199 Safe Exercise During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can drain your energy, especially during the first trimester, as the human organism focuses increasing amounts of nutrients and energy towards developing the baby. With stamina at an all-time low, many women may balk at the idea of expending extra energy by through physical exertion.

However, a certain amount of exercise can actually boost energy levels, and active women will be pleased to know that moderate exercise is not off-limits during pregnancy. There are many ways to stay fit and they offer the bonus of improving sleep and reducing aches and pains, so don’t forget to add fitness wear to your list of maternity clothes needed!

 

 

Walking

The great thing about walking is that aside from a comfortable pair of shoes, it requires no special equipment or locations. Pregnant women can safely enjoy walking sessions ranging from strolls on the beach to speed-walking through the city. Gentle hiking is also a great way to enjoy the fresh air and get your heart working. Walking is a very safe exercise during pregnancy.

Dancing

Love moving to the beats of your favorite songs? You can still dance in the comfort of your home, in a dance class or at a concert. Just be sure to stay away from any dances that include jumping, leaping or twirling, as a fall could be dangerous.

Aerobics

Low-impact aerobics are a great way to exercise during pregnancy, and you might just make new friends at a class designed just for pregnant women. Taking a class also insures that you have a pre- scheduled time for exercise and that all aspects are safe for baby.

Swimming

Especially toward the final months of pregnancy, the added weight of carrying a baby can put a strain on your entire frame. benefits of swimming exercise during pregnancy1 300x200 Safe Exercise During PregnancyThe feeling of weightlessness in the water can be a delicious sensation, and swimming has long been recognized as one of the safest and most beneficial exercises for pregnant women. Many makers of maternity clothes feature maternity swimwear so you’ll have the perfect gear. If swimming outdoors is not possible, look for a gym with an indoor swimming pool. If
you’re swimming in the ocean, be careful to swim only where the waves are gentle and there’s no undertow.

Yoga and Stretching

Yoga is an excellent way to improve strength and flexibility, and because it has little or no impact on your joints it’s a great way to stay fit during pregnancy. Check to see if there are pregnancy yoga classes in your area, or ask your instructor which poses may need to be modified for an expecting mother. Yoga is very beneficial and is a very safe exercise option during pregnancy.do not perform high impact exercise during pregnancy 300x297 Safe Exercise During Pregnancy

What not to Do

Contact and ball sports are generally forbidden during pregnancy, as the risk of falling or being hit are just too great. You’ll also need to steer clear of horseback riding, mountain biking and sports like water skiing or snowboarding, for the same reason. As with any new exercise regimen you’re unsure of, consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise during pregnancy.

 

If you have any questions regarding safe exercise during pregnancy, don’t hesitate to ask!

 

 

Today’s Guest Post is contributed by Sonia Bieber, a fitness buff and writer for Crave Maternity, makers of beautiful and stylish maternity clothes for mothers-to-be in the UK and worldwide.

{ 4 comments }

Rachel November 16, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Awesome post.. I have always wondered if working out while being pregnant was healthy. I am now 4 weeks pregnant and can’t wait to start exercising!

admin December 31, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Awesome… glad to hear. You’re going to be a fit mama! ..and congrats on the baby :)

Arlene February 9, 2013 at 6:31 AM

When I was pregnant (which was very long time ago!) I used to swim and walk around every morning. However, when I was already on my 34th week, my OB ordered that I should take a bed rest because I experience regular and frequent contractions.

admin February 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

That’s awesome that you worked out regularly when you were pregnant and frequent contractions seems like a legitimate reason to take a bed rest haha

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