Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life. She goes though many changes emotionally and physically, these changes can get tough to handle at times, there are various aches and pains, mood swings, sleeping problems etc. How does one take care of it? The answer is, through exercise.
This answer may surprise you as a pregnant woman is told not to exercise. Truth is, a woman is not to “exert” herself. There are many exercises a woman can do which can prepare her for childbirth and her life after it, exercise during the pregnancy can reduce stress and mood swings, it can boost your energy levels, lift your spirits and help you sleep better, at the same time the exercises let you prepare for your delivery.
The workout should help you manage your weight, prepare your muscles without causing you exertion, and it should keep your heart pumping at a regular rate. Always consult a doctor before going on an exercise regime as some exercise may not suit you. Certain cardiovascular exercises like walking, swimming, dancing, low impact aerobics help keep a woman fit, while strength exercises like yoga and weight training make her supple.
Walking is one of the best exercises not just for women but for everyone, pregnant women are advised not to jog on concrete surfaces or on sand as it may affect their knees.
Swimming is the best means for a whole body workout, it helps to maintain cardiovascular activity and it strengthens the muscles at the same time. A woman feels lighter in the water; it provides her body some rest. Dancing, on the other hand is one of the most enjoyable means to stay healthy during pregnancy, the songs will lift your mood and you get to share am intimate moment with your partner, the child’s consciousness will also positively be affected by the music.
Low impact Aerobics are best done in classes, these workouts are perfect for mothers everywhere as they get to socialize, and get to talk to other mothers, another advantage is that since that classes are scheduled you don’t get to miss a workout and there is a professional trainer who males sure that you don’t over do it.
Flexibility is also a major concern for moms to be, yoga is a highly recommended method to increase flexibility, Yoga has special poses just for pregnant women, it tones the necessary muscles, and allows for a better mental being by reducing stress. Yoga with a swimming and walking can make for a really health pregnancy. Stretching is the best way to keep the body agile, it makes a woman relaxed and there is less chance of a muscle strain.
Those pregnant women who were into weight training before pregnancy, can continue, but the weights used should be reduced, good technique and precaution should be taken while using weights, also make sure an experienced trainer is their, to guide you.
Always make sure that you are to get yourself checked by a doctor regularly during the pregnancy exercises. These exercises can surely lead you towards a healthy childbirth.