Fitness During Pregnancy
You’re a woman who enjoys a hardcore workout with some pretty rigid fitness goals, but suddenly you get the baby bump. Now what? You’ll definitely need to make some changes, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon fitness for the next nine months. Fortunately there are ways to make fitness part of your daily routine, but as an expecting mother, you’ll need to remember that moderation is important before diving in.
So what to do? WebMD provides a wealth of information on good fitness practices during pregnancy, so we built a condensed list based on their advice.
•Always warm-up before and cool down after exercising. The key is to do everything in baby steps (no pun intended).
•Maintain your regular exercise routine, this will pay dividends for your daily comfort level. Plus, evidence shows that physical activity may help prevent gestational diabetes.
•Find out if there are any local pregnancy fitness classes to join.
•Do low-impact workouts like brisk walks, swimming, aerobics, yoga or Pilates. Try one of these workouts for at least 30 minutes a day.
•Work up to an exercise that raises your heart rate and gets you to sweat a little – but nothing too extreme.
•As your pregnancy moves along, take frequent breaks if necessary. Listen to your body, a little activity is better than no activity at all.
•Replenish your body after a workout. Eat a well-balanced meal and drink lots of water throughout your workout.
•Stay away from strenuous activities. Moderation is important, you shouldn’t be overdoing anything.
•Don’t do anything that causes heavy breathing or holding your breath. Carrying a baby and going through body changes requires extra oxygen.
•Avoid activities that involve a high risk of falling, especially contact sports. Remember, your center of gravity is shifted, and it’s much easier to lose your balance.
•Extensive hopping, jumping and bouncing are not good for the baby. That means no jump-rope or hopscotch!
Enjoy the chance to be active during pregnancy, but remember the best advice for the well-being of you and your baby is to listen to your body. Plus, it never hurts to consult your doctor when addressing your specific and unique needs.