Pregnancy is a beautiful beginning to the wonderful journey of motherhood. On the flipside, if you’re pregnant, you might be afraid that your entire workout regimen would go for a toss. The good news is that you don’t have to give up working out just yet!
According to a study conducted by researchers at the Kansas City University of Medicine, details of which were published on the BBC News website on April 5, 2010, exercising is actually good for your baby. The study found that exercising improves fetal breathing and the nervous system of the unborn child. Yet, this doesn’t mean you can go all out doing the same activities you used to before being in the family way. After getting pregnant, you should modify your workout to ensure your safety as well as your child’s.
Safe Workouts for Would-be Mommies
Exercising can be a part of your pregnancy from day one to the day you give birth. As a would-be mom, you can:
Join a Prenatal Exercise Class – Many gyms and community centers offer exercise classes exclusively for pregnant women. Joining a prenatal exercise class will not only provide you with a great workout regimen suitable to your needs, but also give you the opportunity to mix and mingle with other expecting mothers passionate about workouts.
Buy Pregnancy Workout DVDs – Don’t like the idea of a class? There are many pregnancy workout videos available for purchase. They offer workouts suitable for each stage of pregnancy.
Do Pilates – Many people give up on the abdomen muscles altogether after getting pregnant. This might be the worst thing you can do. Pilates will help keep your abdomen fit and strong to support this new weight around your middle. Having strong abdomen muscles will also help you during labor. All the more reason to get into pilates!
Swim – Swimming is an exceptionally good workout for third trimester pregnancy. There is little impact on the knees and you don’t run the risk of tripping and falling.
Walk – You may be considering visiting fertility clinics in Mexico or Costa Rica to lower costs associated with IVF or other assisted reproduction techniques to jumpstart your journey towards motherhood. But did you know that walking can actually bolster your fertility? Studies show that walking enhances blood-flow to the pelvis and the reproductive organs, thereby acting as a fertility booster.
You can walk anytime, anywhere. You can start getting in the habit of working out before you even conceive! Walking can be continued right up until you give birth.
Exercise with Resistance Bands – Keep your muscles toned with resistance bands. Workouts with resistance bands can be done throughout the duration of your pregnancy. In the third trimester, however, you should avoid exercises that require you to lie on your back.
Precautions to Take while Exercising
In order to ensure your as well as your baby’s safety, you should take certain precautions while exercising. These include:
- Avoid exercises which put you at a risk of falling, such as horseback riding, skiing, running uphill, or cycling.
- Avoid jumping and jarring movements.
- Listen to your body. If you feel faint or weak – even if it’s a workout you’ve done a thousand times while not pregnant – slow down, rest and take care of yourself.
- Stretch properly. New weight gain can put added strain on your muscles, especially when exercising.
- Don’t try to lose weight. This can be highly dangerous while pregnant. Save that for after your baby is born.
These are just a few exercise recommendations that you can incorporate during your pregnancy. The main idea is to remember that being pregnant doesn’t mean abandoning your workout. Even if you haven’t been regular in exercising before, you can start while pregnant. Ease your way into a routine and keep your baby in mind!
Author bio – Dr. Deepika Garg – Dentist, and an internet enthusiast – Keenly involved in Medical Tourism. Currently, helping patients find affordable surrogacy abroad.