Have you been eating too many baby cookies? Above and beyond the physical benefits, there are many emotional and social benefits to be gained from joining an exercise program, especially for pregnant women and new mothers. Pregnancy fitness classes build…
Published December 31, 2012 by
If you have been told that a woman “in your condition” should not exercise, you have been misinformed! It is important that women exercise especially when they are pregnant. Why? It helps keep muscles strong, which makes labor and delivery easier. That is reason enough to get moving, but there are many more. You’ll boost your energy, sleep better, reduce stress, and prevent excess weight gain; it even helps your body “bounce” back after the baby is born. There is no doubt that exercise is great for pregnant women; but there are some guidelines to consider, especially as your pregnancy progresses.
Here are some tips for safety and health:
Get the go-ahead from your doctor. It may not be safe for those with asthma, diabetes, bleeding or spotting, threatened miscarriage, weak cervix, or low placenta to exercise. Your doctor will be able to tell you if exercise is right for your body and baby. In general, though, most women can – and should – exercise.
Get into a pregnancy fitness routine. If you work out regularly, continue to do so. If you were doing high-impact activities, switch to low-impact. If you were not exercising before, start gently. Some great choices include:
There are some exercises you will want to avoid while pregnant:
There are also some “maybes,” like running or jogging. If you are a runner already, continue in moderation. You will not be able to go as fast, or as far, as you used to. That’s ok. You’ll get back there; but for now, it’s time to play it safe. If you want to commit yourself to staying fit after your pregnancy, instead of the usual mommy gifts, ask for hand weights, yoga DVD's, or a medicine ball! These will all help in the long run.
Here are some general “rules” for exercise during pregnancy:
Just as you are eating for two, you are exercising for two. Appropriate, safe physical activity is wonderful for your health and well-being, and it also strengthens the baby. Researchers found that when a mom exercises, the baby’s heart was stronger. What a great baby gift from you to your child! Moms put their baby’s health before their own; all the more reason to exercise!