When you are pregnant, you may be afraid to keep up with your exercise program. However, exercise during pregnancy can actually be beneficial for you, and in turn, your unborn baby. This article will look at some advice for healthy exercise for both you and your baby.
If you were active and exercised regularly before pregnancy, you can keep it up even after you are pregnant. However, it is normal, natural, and healthy to gain weight while you are pregnant, so it is not a good idea to exercise to lose weight while with child. Also, if you hardly exercised before your pregnancy, your body is not in its prime shape to pick up an extreme exercise regimen when you become pregnant.
However, because there are a number of benefits to exercise, you should not automatically give up and use pregnancy as your excuse to not participate in a little cardio. You just need to take it slowly, and build up your capacity for exercise. Of course, you can only build up to a certain point, as intense exercise in your later trimesters can be harmful.
Workouts that cause you to work up a sweat and make your heart work can be really helpful for a soon-to-be mother. Being in shape and having strong muscles can help you have an easier delivery and aids you in getting your pre-baby body back faster once you have your child. Before the birth, exercise can help ease your constipation, give you a glowing look, keep your joints lubricated, increase your energy level, and help your body aches.
Although there are all of these benefits to exercise, you should listen to your body and your doctor if they is telling you that exercise is not right for you. Things such as high blood pressure, false contractions, spotting, and ruptures of your amniotic fluid are signs that you should stop exercising and contact your doctor.
There are a number of activities out there that can help a pregnant woman stay in shape and healthy during her term.
Cardio is a great option, but you should try to avoid bouncing. Thus, many women turn to swimming, yoga, pilates, and walking. If you were an avid runner pre-pregnancy, you may be able to keep up your habit, at least in moderation and for a little while. Walking is a good alternative to running as well. Swimming helps a woman feel light and more graceful because it induces a feeling of weightlessness.
Overall, when you are expecting a baby, you shouldn’t expect to completely stop your workouts, unless ordered by a doctor. Remember, moderation and safety is key to keeping both you and your unborn child healthy. Listen to your body, and dial back intensity as needed.
Sometimes, overexertion can lead to problems with your baby. If you asked your doctor about exercising while pregnant and he did not outline a safe program for you, leading to damage to your child, this may count as medical malpractice. For more information on birth injury law, contact Lowenthal & Abrams, PC, today.