April 20, 2018 3 min read
Exercise in pregnancy brings a little more than just fitness. Besides helping you prepare for labor and childbirth, it boosts your mood, helps refine sleep, increases energy throughout the day, and helps to moderate weight gain.
Whether or not you have a complicated pregnancy, it is important to consult your healthcare provider on the exercises you are going to do first. Listen to your body and monitor your progress. You may stop if it makes you uncomfortable or it gives you pain.
These exercises are suitable for women with different kinds of fitness levels:Spine Aligner
This is a routine simple enough for all preggy moms to do. It helps keeping your posture correct. You just have to stand back against a wall and make sure that your head, shoulder, hips, and heel are all touching the wall. Take 3 slow breaths while making sure your body is still sticking to the wall. Do 5 repetitions of this and you’re off to start a great morning routine.Brisk walking
If you want a simple routine but also wanna break sweat, it’s the best cardio you could do. Plus you can do it anywhere you are. It will keep you fit without needing any special equipment. You have to monitor your muscle pain if it doesn’t go away in 24 hours, consider taking a break.Stretching
Maintaining a good form while growing baby bump is gonna be quite a challenge since most of the weight is on your belly. But stretching helps loosen your entire muscles and re-distribute the weight on your body. It also eases back pains and promote healthier pregnancy. Stretching is sometimes a treat to pregnant women since it gives such a heavenly feel to it, don’t you agree?
Prenatal yoga is the most famous exercise pregnant women do because results are across the board. It improves balance and tones muscles. To top that off, yoga breathing exercises are most helpful during labor. It will help you learn to breathe deeply. It calms both the mind and the body - which in turn provides physical and emotional stress relief. You may wanna check this video out: https://youtu.be/A1mn9brmP4I
Planks are simple yet challenging to achieve especially when you’re pregnant! It’s a great abdominal exercise that helps in strengthening your core, arms, and back. It keeps you in shape and helps you develop stamina.
Exercising while pregnant may be scary at first. It’s natural to feel anxious and to worry about working out especially when you are a first time mom. While it all feels so new and so fragile, researching and always checking in with your doctor is one way to take your exercising game a step further. There is nothing to be scared of. In fact, this will all be good for you and your baby’s health.
If you were living an active lifestyle before you got pregnant, understand that there may be some things more challenging to do now. But it’s always good to stick to your routine and trust us, it’s gonna be worth it after giving birth.
*Only perform the above activities when approved to be safe for your overall condition by your healthcare professionals. As with any exercise program, should you feel any discomfort, you should stop immediately.*