Finding out that you are pregnant can altogether change your world. Pregnancy brings you new hopes and dreams, feeling and emotions as you may have never experienced before. But, together with all that, it also brings changes in body and mind of the expecting mother. While the first trimester is the most crucial period among the three trimesters, it also that time when you can take things in your stride and prepare your body for maternity. And, exercise can help you do that.
There is no doubt that physical exercise is as important during pregnancy as it is before and after. However, the nature of exercise changes as the vulnerability and fragility of the body increase in most cases. Exercise you must, but there are some exercises that you’d rather avoid.
Exercises and Physical Activities to Avoid in the First Trimester of Your Pregnancy
Well, it is common sense indeed that lying on stomach doesn’t offer you a comfortable position when you have a baby growing inside it. Apart from that, this posture can potentially harm the baby. When you exercise in this position, the growing fetus can be injured. Exercise either lying on your back or sitting or standing.
Make sure that along with keeping your exercising light, keep your weights light too (if you are into weight training). Too much weight can exert pressure on your abdomen and cause serious injury in either or both abdomens.
Not only weight training, any sort of weight lifting for household chores, or picking up another child can also lead to serious consequences, especially if you have had a miscarriage before.
While walking throughout your pregnancy is a great habit, heavy cardio like running and jogging are not, especially during the first three months. It may still work for you if you have been in practice for years. But, starting a running/jogging is not recommended during this time for both can cause exhaustion and/or loss of balance, resulting in injury.
Your tummy during these three months may not be conspicuously visible but the baby is growing each day and so is your tummy. With increase in weight and the size of tummy, cycling is not recommended. Besides, any two-wheeler isn’t a safe bet anyway. Cycling also causes a lot of pressure on the abdomen and the womb. So steer clear, if you will.
Yoga is a great option. But, not all asanas herein are simple and safe for expecting mothers. There are some typical ones that require a lot of twisting and stretching and lying on the stomach. It’s best to avoid these. Maternity/prenatal Yoga is just what you may need at this time. But, make sure you have a qualified and licensed trainer.
In short, the first three months require you to be fit but avoid heavy physical activity at the same time. So, take care and do what is best for you and your baby.