When a woman becomes pregnant she goes through a lot of complex changes to her body that only occur during pregnancy while the body is preparing to give birth, then be a mother. There are both physical changes and mental changes taking place due to a high concentrations of different hormones that are released by both the placenta and other organs throughout your body. All of these changes are typical of a normal pregnancy and you shouldn’t worry about your bodily functions being different than before, as there is usually a reason related to your pregnancy. One of the best ways to cope with all these changes and maintain a healthy body is to begin an exercise program every single day, let’s go over some easy to moderate exercises that you can do while pregnant.
Make sure that you talk to your doctor, and listen to what he/she says about exercise during pregnancy, don’t overdo it, but it is important to maintain a certain amount of exercise to stay healthy and have a safe delivery. If at all possible join a group of other pregnant women led by a professional instructor trained in handling any complications or accidents might occur. It is also quite important to maintain a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and meats in order to provide plenty of nutrition for the baby to grow and thrive in the womb. One of the keys to maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy involves exercising on a regular basis, there is no reason to become sedentary just because you’re pregnant. Here are some popular and easy exercises that can be done when pregnant, or anytime for that matter.
One of the most beneficial, and safe, exercises that a pregnant woman can do is swimming on a regular basis. The beneficial cushioning of the water is excellent for pregnant women because there is no extra pressure on the joints and muscles because of the buoyancy provided by the water. The other great thing about water is it’s resistance to movement in every direction causing you to exert yourself, but never too much. Pregnancy is a perfect time to join a water aerobics class to maintain your physical condition, while never putting extra strain on the body. Remember, with the pregnancy you never want to exercise more than 30 minutes at a time, but in the water you can easily stand for a few minutes or move slower while you catch her breath. Plus with the water, you’ll never overheat yourself either.
Walking would have to be the next best thing to swimming for pregnant women. It’s best to find a location, such as a park with a perimeter path, where you can take breaks every few minutes as needed, on a park bench. The object with a walking program is not to exert yourself in any way, but walk for 10 minutes, then take a break, walk for 10 more minutes and take another break, and this way you can get your 30 minutes of exercise, 10 minutes at a time with ease. Take a partner, listen to music, read chapters in a book or bring a dog to keep things interesting.
Another popular form of exercise that many pregnant women enjoy, happens to be yoga. Stretching exercises combined with yoga, can help keep the muscles limbered up and help strengthen the lower back, which will be needed during delivery. It is important to keep your entire body stretched and limber on a daily basis even if you can’t make it to the gym, when the time to deliver comes, and you’ve spent months maintaining yourself in a fit and limber condition, you’ll notice the difference during labor.
Remember, even after delivery, it’s even more important to maintain your exercises. Getting the heart rate up goes a long way toward keeping your mental state calm and taking the extra weight off as well.