Tips for Regular Exercise during Pregnancy

An exercise plan during pregnancy will not only help you to stay in shape but will also prepare your body for childbirth. There are many benefits of exercising during pregnancy. Research has shown that exercise helps to boost energy levels as well as improve the overall health of both the mother and baby.

Regular exercise will also help to ease some common discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea and morning sickness. Make sure that you consult your doctor regarding your exercise schedule as he/she will be able to give you a personalized exercise regimen.

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Best Pregnancy Exercise Tips During Pregnancy

  • If you have any health issues such as diabetes, history of preterm labor, heart disease, high blood pressure or placenta previa make sure that you notify your doctor. Do not start any exercise schedule until you have gone through all the necessary tests and your health care specialist has gone over all necessary precautions with you.
  • How to exercise during pregnancy: For most women about 30 minutes of moderate to low intensity exercise is recommended for most of the days in a week. However shorter or less frequent workouts will also help to ease labor and keep you in shape. If you are a beginner, mild brisk walking will be one of the best pregnancy exercises to start with.
  • Yoga breathing poses is a good exercise during pregnancy as this will help to control stress as well as soothe the nervous system. You can enroll in a class meant specifically for pregnant women as this will ensure that you only have exercises meant for pregnant women.
  • There are also several other easy pregnancy exercises like stretching exercises that do not place any additional stress on your joints.

    Swimming and rowing exercises are also recommended as these are simple pregnancy exercises that will help to strengthen the muscles of the abdomen which play a vital role during labor.
  • If you have exercised before your pregnancy then you may continue the same activities after talking this out with your health care specialist. However if you have never exercised then you may start with low physical activity for 10 minutes then gradually increase it for 15 minutes, 20 minutes and 30 minutes over a period of time.
  • Avoid activities like scuba diving, water skiing, downhill skiing; hiking at high altitudes, inline skating as these activities can disrupt your balance which is already vulnerable as you grow larger.
  • Listen to your body and stop an activity immediately if you experience dizziness, exhausted, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, blurred vision, shortness of breath, vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain or chest pain.
  •  Remember to start any exercise with a warm up and end it with a cool down, stretching will be fine too. Avoid overheating, keep yourself well hydrated and never exercise until you reach a point of exhaustion.
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