Why you should exercise during your pregnancy

Do you know that exercising during your pregnancy can be beneficial for you and your unborn baby too? Let us tell you why!
Exercise: such an innocent and harmless word on the surface…but yet it holds the power to evoke intense fear in the hearts of many. The thought of sweating and groaning and possibly pulling a muscle while performing yet another squat will turn anyone off the idea of exercising – but yet we know how good it is for all of us to keep a regular exercise routine.

In fact, do you know that exercising during your pregnancy could be extremely beneficial to your pregnancy?

Know that you can only exercise during your pregnancy after you have received the go-ahead from your health care providers. As an expectant mum, it is important that you make absolutely sure that you do not currently have any physical complications that can harm you or your unborn baby.

Why you should exercise during your pregnancy

Pregnancy is both a magical and strange time in a woman’s life. It is a time where you are constantly wondering if this strange body, with its new needs and wants could possibly be yours.

Then what better time to start exercising as it can increase your sense of control of your new…and slightly rounder body, as well as boosting your depleting energy  levels. Not only does exercise make you feel better by releasing endorphins, it can also relieve backaches and improve your posture by strengthening and toning muscles in your back, butt, and even thighs.

Exercising during your pregnancy can help activate a crucial lubricant fluid that can stop your joins from loosening up due to pregnancy hormonal changes. It also helps you to sleep better by relieving the stress and anxiety that might make you restless at night.

You will also gain strong muscles and a fit heart by exercising and the combination of those two elements could greatly ease the difficulties that you might have during labour. And in the event of a lengthy labour, which does happen, increased endurance can be a real help.

But the best part of all; if you maintain a regular exercise routine during your pregnancy…you will be back to your pre-pregnancy body quicker compared to other mums who do not stick to a fitness plan during their pregnancy.

A woman still gets ‘bigger’ during her pregnancy because of the baby that is growing inside her but she does not get bigger by gaining fat because she gets rid of the fat when she exercises during the pregnancy. So if all the healthy and sound benefits can’t convince you to exercise, then let vanity be a factor into prodding you into a pregnancy fitness regime.

Getting started with exercise during your pregnancy

Your exercise program depends greatly on whether or not your pregnancy comes with complications and whether or not, you already had an existing fitness program before becoming pregnant. If you did exercise regularly before becoming pregnant; then do carry on with your program but modify it to fit your current condition.

Most exercises are safe to perform during pregnancy, as long as you exercise with caution and do not overdo it. The safest and most productive activities are ones that are pretty easy on your joints like swimming, brisk walking, indoor stationary cycling, step or elliptical machines, and low-impact aerobics.

These activities carry little risk of injury, benefit your entire body, and can be continued until the delivery. Tennis and racquetball are generally safe activities, but changes in balance during pregnancy may affect rapid movements.

Other activities such as jogging can be done in moderation, especially if you were doing them before your pregnancy. You might want to consider yoga later on in your pregnancy.

Exercise to avoid at all cost

There are certain exercises and activities that can be harmful if performed during pregnancy. These includes activities with high risk of falling over such as skiing and horseback riding, contact sports like basketball and volleyball,  excessive bouncing and jumping like running and jumping jacks.

Although some doctors say step aerobics workouts are acceptable if you can lower the height of your step as your pregnancy progresses, others caution that a changing centre of gravity makes falling much more likely. Whatever it is, we strongly suggest that you use common sense when embarking on your pregnancy fitness regime.

It is imperative for you to stop your regime and hurry on to the nearest hospital if you experience any form or unusual pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, vaginal bleeding and urine contractions during exercising.

And always remember to check with your health care providers if you are unsure about anything.

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