As a mother-to-be, you are tempted to do everything to have a healthy baby. Exercise has numerous benefits for you and your little one. Right movements of certain exercises can reduce aches and pains of the body. Before I start sharing the kinds of exercises that are good during pregnancy, I would advise you to check with your health care provider about your readiness to start exercising.
- Yoga: Studies show that with yoga, pregnant women tend to have shorter and smoother labor periods. Yoga strengthens the back, core muscles and relaxes the body. Join a yoga class that focuses on gentle techniques and prepares you for labor. Yoga should be done under professional supervision only.
- Swimming: It is the best exercise for pregnant women. It is gentle on your swollen ankles and on your aching joints. You'll feel light, no matter how big the baby bump is!
- Indoor Cycling: It is ideal for beginners; and is generally safe to cycle on a stationary bike. Cycling boosts your heart rate without affecting your joints. Do not cycle at a high speed. Keep your pace slow.
- Walking: Whether you are on a treadmill or just taking a walk in your garden, it is the safest of all to tone your muscles and elevate your mood. It is something that most pregnant women prefer to do right up to delivery. Increase your time and speed a little each week depending on your stamina.
- Low Impact Aerobics: Aerobics is good to strengthen your heart, lungs and tone your overall body. It will boost your "feel good" hormones like endorphins. If you are an exercise freak, then the key is to slow down your exercises to match the changes in your body. If you are new to exercises, then begin with slow gentle exercises.
Work out gear for exercise: Do not spend money on unnecessary attire, to start with your exercises. You just need comfortable supporting bra, well-fitting shoes and loose fitting clothes to stay cool.
Know when to stop: If you notice any of these symptoms. Stop exercising immediately and meet your doctor at once.
- Chest pain
- Swelling or pain in the calf
- Reduced movement of the baby
Take extra care when you exercise!