Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly during your pregnancy has distinct advantages. Not only does it help you feel good during the nine months of pregnancy but it also helps you during labour. And getting back into shape after the baby is born is going to be easier as well!
However, you need to be aware of what kind of exercises are safe for you during this period. As a rule, you should be able to hold a normal conversation while exercising. If you are becoming extremely breathless, or feeling you might faint, you must stop immediately.
You can try the following exercises during pregnancy. Consult your doctor while planning for a pregnancy who can help you decide which exercises are good for you.
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise during pregnancy. If you have been using walking as a form of exercise even before your pregnancy, you can continue at the same pace, making sure you don’t feel tired or get dehydrated. If it’s a new form of exercise for you, try and start with a stroll building it up to twenty to thirty minutes.
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise that you can think of during pregnancy. The water helps to support you while you exercise and it helps build your stamina as well, something that you will really need once your labour starts.
Yoga is also a great form of exercise during pregnancy. Traditionally, yoga has been known to relax both the body and mind, and even at this stage, it will teach you both relaxation and breathing techniques that will also help you during labour. Try and find a class that is specifically suited for pregnant women, but if you can’t, make sure that your instructor knows that you’re pregnant so that they can modify the classes to suit your needs.
A Birth ball can not only provide you some light exercise but can be fun as well. Using a birth ball can help you improve both your posture and balance and also strengthen your stomach muscles. Make sure that there is someone next to you for you to hold in case you lose your balance the first time you try using the ball.
If aerobics is something that you have been enjoying before pregnancy, there is no reason why you shouldn’t continue now. The only thing you need to make sure is that all the exercises are low-impact, and you would need to slow down closer to your due date.
Dancing is fun and doesn’t need any equipment. The few things that you need to keep in mind are to always make sure that you have one foot on the floor and replace moves where you have to jump or twirl to stepping from side to side. Also, as your pregnancy progresses, your sense of balance will be compromised and you will have to be more careful.
If you have not exercised with weights before, this is not the time to start. Make sure you tell your instructor that you are pregnant so that they can alter your exercise regime accordingly. Heavy weights should be avoided during this period and you should not lift weights above head height or do anything that tightens your stomach muscles.
Experimenting with new forms of strenuous exercise is not what you need right now. Reserve that for later! For now, enjoy the experience of feeling fit, happy and safe.