Exercise is very important for everyone, but in this article we will emphasize particularly on the importance of exercise during pregnancy and explain what kinds of exercises are safe during pregnancy.
Pregnancy is a beautiful experience for any women and most women tend to enjoy this time in their life. Even though you go through a lot of emotions, and sometimes, it may feel like you are on a emotional roller coaster, pregnancy can be a great way to learn more about your body and experience motherhood. Wouldn’t it be even better if you felt great physically and emotionally during the process? Exercise can be very helpful medium for you to improve your mood, relieve your stress, and improve your overall health.
How to exercise during pregnancy?
When you are exercising during pregnancy, you should consider a few things. First of all, you must talk to your doctor/OBGYN for potential risks of over exercising and doing wrong types of exercises. Also make sure that you have a solid exercise plan that doesn’t impact the health of your baby. During pregnancy you need more oxygen than any other time in your life as your baby also needs oxygen. Exercising too much can cause shortness of breath which could result in lack of oxygen for your developing baby. Here are a few questions that you should ask yourself before jumping on the trademilll and exercising:
- Are you healthy enough to exercise?
- Are you having pelvic and/or abdominal pain?
- Have you talked to your doctor?
- Do you feel chest pain or do you have any other health issues?
When exercising during pregnancy, you want to take it easy and start slow. You should always warm up for at least 5-10 minutes by stretching your body and by simply getting yourself ready for the actual exercise. This is because you must get your body and brain 100% ready before doing the main exercise because you don’t want to get injured. Even though many experts recommend just walking during pregnancy, a little bit of aerobic and strength training is not going to hurt you and the baby. Try to avoid exercises that involve jumping and bouncing. Even if you are used to some tough and rough exercises prior to your pregnancy, you must be very careful and might have to give up those exercises during pregnancy.
Exercise helps you to prepare for your delivery. Here are some benefits of exercising during pregnancy:
- Makes you feel better about yourself and helps you look better
- Helps relieve pregnancy stress and mood swings
- Helps during labor and delivery by strengthening your core
- Prevents gestational diabetes
- Helps relieve muscle cramps and backaches
- Helps to lose weight after delivery
Other health benefits
Exercising has other benefits during pregnancy. It can help relieve backaches and help to improve your body postures by strengthening muscles and other parts of your body. Other health benefits include:
- Reduction of constipation
- Less gas issues during pregnancy
- Improvement in your skin tone
When to stop exercise during pregnancy
You must stop exercising immediately if you feel that something is not right. You must always listen to your body. You have to be very careful during 1st and 3rd trimester. You should not take a chance to impact your and your baby’s health when trying to stay fit. Remember that exercising can cause early contractions and high flow of blood in your body.
You should stop immediately and call your doctor if you:
- Have vaginal bleeding
- Have fatigue and shortness of breath
- Have Pelvic and abdominal pain
- Have headache and feel dizzy
- Have muscle pain
In summary, maintaining regular exercise and avoiding bad food during pregnancy is crucial for the the health of baby mama and the baby. In addition to the health benefits, exercise can also help you mentally and help you to feel good about yourself. It also helps you to be stronger during labor and delivery. However, you should always consult with your doctor before starting your exercise plan and express any concerns that you have.
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