Even during pregnancy, you still do need to exercise. When you exercise during pregnancy you have a stronger body, better sleep, your lower back is strengthened and you’ll be better prepared for birth.
However, not all exercises are recommended for pregnancy but these are some ideal ones.
Walking and swimming are some of the best exercises for anyone, and pregnant women are no exception.
Running is acceptable but if you have not been running much before your pregnancy, you may need to consult your physician first.
Riding bicycle are great as well. Especially since it supports your weight. But be careful, you don’t want to fall off while pregnant!
Aerobic exercises are also good and will stimulate the heart, lungs, muscles, and joints thus leading to increased oxygen and nutrients for the baby. It will also keep your body in excellent shape.
Yoga has a long standing reputation for relieving stress and pressure on your body. Most forms of yoga will be safe for you and your baby.
Some yoga instructors offer special classes for pregnant women. Avoid lying flat on your back for extended periods of time and try not to overstretch.
What exercises aren’t recommended?
General rule is to avoid exercise with excessive movements and jolts. Also avoid exercises or activities where you have a high risk of falling.
Some examples of activities that should be avoided include jogging for long periods of time and football.
Keep exercises at a moderate level and can include both cardio and strength exercises. Pay attention to your heart rate which is usually higher for pregnant women. Keep yourself hydrated.