Exercising during pregnancy will not only improve your overall health but also enable you to have a very comfortable, easy pregnancy and delivery. In the early stages of pregnancy it is much easier to exercise because you may have more energy and less additional weight to support. Exercising in early pregnancy will help you maintain an acceptable weight and make it easier for you to stay in shape overall. The goal is to do light easy exercises that will not raise your core body temperature too much.
During pregnancy women have an elevated core temperature. Exercising during the first and second trimester is much more acceptable than to exercise in the last trimester. There is an increased risk for injury and cardiac stress when exercising after the second trimester. Low stress and impact exercises are greatly encouraged. Listen to your body when exercising while pregnant, rest when you feel the need to and remain hydrated at all times by drinking lots of water. It is best to consult your doctor prior to starting any exercise routine.
1) Walking is a good way to stretch your ligaments and improve the circulation for you and your growing baby. There is no need to take power walks or taking walks for a long period of time. You run the risk of burning yourself out and overheating your body. Just taking a 15 to 20 minute stroll at the mall, to the store or in a park can do wonders for your body in its pregnancy state.
2) Swimming while pregnant will work all the muscles of your body and strengthen them to support your body better as you continue through your pregnancy. Swimming allows you to learn how to breath and sustain your breathe longer and increase your respiratory health.
3) Yoga is a great exercise to do during your pregnancy. Learning yoga will help you to breathe, stretch and relax as your body prepares for the baby. Yoga can help you all the way up to your delivery date and beyond. The techniques you learn from yoga can also aid you as you embark on your journey through motherhood. You will be able to focus your mind and calm your spirit.
4) Take a belly dancing class. Belly dancing will not only keep you in shape but will also teach you how to be gracefully all throughout the pregnancy as your body develops with the baby. The movements will help soothe your growing baby and help your hips adjust and prepare for the delivery.
5) If you were a jogger before you became pregnant then you may continue to jog during your pregnancy. If you were not a jogger before the pregnancy then it is not in your interest to start now. Consult with your doctor first before deciding to incorporate jogging into your exercise regime.
Just remember that just because you are pregnant you are not banned from exercising. In fact it is encouraged. Avoid exercises that have an increase of falling. Try to focus on low impact exercises and maintain the proper calorie intake and diet. Drink lots and lots of fluids and see your doctor regularly.