It has been proven that exercise during pregnancy can boost your mood, help you to get a better quality night’s sleep, and reduce aches and pains – and what can’t be good about all of that?
Better yet, exercising when you’re expecting actually prepares you for childbirth by strengthening muscles and building endurance, and it even makes it easier to get back in shape after your baby is born, so putting the effort in now is well worth it.
There are additional health benefits to keeping fit whilst you’re carrying your child, such as a reduced risk of developing gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. What’s more, keeping active will mean falling asleep is that much easier at the end of the day.
This summer is your chance to spend some time in the great outdoors before giving birth – for the best results for your body and baby, you should aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day and with moderate intensity four or five times a week. It’s important to leave those remaining few days for your body to recover and put your feet up.
The ideal workout gets your heart pumping, and if done effectively and regularly enough, will keep you limber, manage your weight and prepare your muscles for the physical demands of pregnancy and beyond – all without putting you and your baby under unnecessary physical stress.
To help your body cope with all the changes that come with pregnancy, try to focus on strengthening your core, back, glutes and thighs. Doing this will assist in creating the right body structure required for pregnancy and birth, including carrying additional weight and coping with rapid changes.
Swimming is a great form of exercise during pregnancy, so pop down to your local pool to take the weight off your feet for a while and get your daily fitness dose. If your pool holds a water aerobics class, give it a try as it’s a great way to work out when you’re pregnant! There are many prenatal yoga classes around too, helping to strengthen core muscles and improve flexibility.
To make sure you’re taking care of yourself from every angle, remember to always warm up and cool down before exercising to take care of your body as best you can! And it’s important not to overdo it – stop if it hurts or feels uncomfortable and always listen to your body. Make sure that you avoid strenuous exercise in hot weather and drink plenty of water. Most of all, enjoy your pregnancy and stay healthy!