Physical Fitness during Pregnancy

In contradiction to what many people believe, exercise during pregnancy is something expectant mothers can benefit a lot from. Of course, not all kinds of physical exercises are good for pregnant women. It’s generally accepted by doctors that low-intensity workouts are good for most mothers-to-be, especially during the first two trimesters of pregnancy.

Heavy activity, however, is not recommended, nor is exercise for a prolonged amount of time. Usually, 30 minutes of light exercise a day is enough for a woman to increase her energy level, improve health and reduce painful or uncomfortable side effects associated with pregnancy.

Before getting started with exercise, though, it is essential to first consult with your doctor. This is because they could give you a scheduled fitness program that they feel is right for you and the baby, or they could recommend you a professional trainer who specializes in working with the pregnant. Seeking the doctor’s advice is also essential because there are certain precautions that must be taken – that is, you may be not allowed to exercise if you are at risk of having pre-term labor. But that risk appears not until the third trimester.

Perhaps the best type of exercise for expectant mothers is swimming. Among many health benefits, swimming also helps to relieve pain in the strained joints and stressed back. Swimming just for 25 minutes a few times a week will keep your body fit, which will come in handy during the labor.

Taking a walk is also a good way of engaging in physical activity. However, due to weight gain towards the end of pregnancy, this form of exercise is more recommended during the first and second trimesters. While walking, you should ensure that you wear the right shoes and clothes. Too tight clothes won’t give you freedom of movement, while the wrong shoes will make you feel uncomfortable and may even lead to injuries.

Another way to stay physically active is dancing. Dancing is fun and doesn’t feel like an exercise at all. However, don’t get carried away, as dancing can be as intense as a workout in the gym.

Using an exercise ball for your workouts is a great idea. The implement helps a pregnant woman maintain balance and stability and keep abdominal muscles strong, which is helpful during labor. With an exercise ball, you can do ball squats (which additionally will massage your back) and balanced sit ups.

Regular but light exercise combined with a healthy diet can go a long way towards the health of both a pregnant mother and the baby.