There is no need to drop
There is no need to drop your fitness routine during pregnancy. In fact exercising during your pregnancy is a good way to succeed with pregnancy weight control and will most likely energize you. Exercising will also help you; sleep better; preserve your aerobic fitness; alleviate back pain; prevent constipation; hemorrhoids, and varicose veins; and prepare your body for the rigors of childbirth.
However, you may have to modify your normal routine. Be sure that any workout you plan during your pregnancy follows safety guidelines outline by your health care provider. Check with your doctor to make sure you are able to exercise.
Tips For Pregnancy Exercises & Pregnancy Weight Control
- Regular, consistent exercise is preferable to intermittent activity. Shoot for three to five workout sessions per week.
- Put competitive activities on hold until a couple of months after the baby is born.
- Do not exercise in hot, humid weather, or while you are feverish.
- Avoid all forms of high-impact exercise. Exercise on a wooden or carpeted floor.
- Avoid deep knee bends.
- Stretch only to the point of gentle tension, never beyond.
- Warm up the muscles with at least five minutes of slow walking or another low-intensity aerobic activity before performing vigorous exercise.
- Rise from the floor slowly and gradually to avoid large drops in blood pressure.
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise. Ever 15 to 20 minutes you should get at least 6 ounces of water.
- Stop exercising and call your doctor immediately if you develop any unusual symptoms.
- Avoid exercises that might cause a temporary rise in blood pressure. Check with you physician before lifting any weights.
- Make sure that you are consuming enough calories to make up for those you burn during your workouts.
- Periodically monitor your temperature before and during exercises. Excessive body heat has the potential to harm your developing fetus. Avoid exercise in warm water.
- Don’t exercise in the supine position (flat on your back) after the first trimester. This position decreases the blood flow to the uterus.
Walking is the most recommended exercise to help with pregnancy weight control. It will benefit you and your baby and should help with the delivery and recovery. All you need to get started is your doctors approval, a good pair of shoes and some water. Please remember to stay within your comfort zone and be mindful of any changes in your body.
You can find more information on controlling pregnancy weight here at Pregnancy Weight Control