Fitness during pregnancy
A woman can exercise throughout pregnancy, but before starting on any regimen, it is necessary to ask from your doctor.
It boosts mood, improves sleep, and reduces pregnancy aches and pains. It prepares you for childbirth by strengthening muscles and building endurance, and makes it much easier to get back in shape after your baby’s born.
One of the best exercises for pregnant women, walking keeps you fit. It’s also easy to do almost anywhere and only requirement is a good pair of comfortable shoes . Brisk walking is highly recommended till the last months. Walking makes muscles strong and reduces pains in pregnancy. It’s recommended to consume an extra 300 to 500 calories a day, especially when exercising
Healthcare providers and fitness experts hail swimming as the best and safest exercise for pregnant women. Swimming is ideal because it exercises both large muscle groups (arms and legs), provides cardiovascular benefits, and allows expectant women to feel weightless despite the extra pounds of pregnancy.
- Aerobic exercise strengthens your heart and tones your body. And if you take a class for pregnant women, you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of other moms-to-be and feel reassured that each movement is safe for you and your baby .Stop exercising immediately if you experience pain, dizziness, fatigue, or a headache. If you start spotting, call your OB or midwife.
- Dancing: It is a fun way to exercise than leaps, jumps, or twirls. Look for local dance studios that have experience with pregnant women. Avoid standing still for prolonged periods. It can decrease blood flow to your uterus and cause blood to pool in your legs, which will make you dizzy.
- Yoga : In times of pregnancy, when women are battling mood swings at varying levels, fatigue and sickness, painful leg cramps and breathing problems; yoga exercises, techniques and postures ease all such conditions ensuring a period of relieved nine months followed by an easier labour and smooth delivery. The best time to start yoga if you’ve never done it before is in the second trimester, after about 14 week.