Gone are the days where women were told to take it easy during pregnancy and a more sedentary approach was touted as best for mom and baby. With the green-light from your physician, experts are now weighing in on encouraging physical activity throughout pregnancy. In fact, studies have shown staying active can be extremely beneficial in terms of your pregnancy and postpartum. During pregnancy, your body is going through tremendous physiological and psychological changes, but as long as it’s safe, here are some of the incredible benefits of exercise from the American Pregnancy Association.
- Can help reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling.
- May help prevent or treat gestational diabetes.
- Increases your energy.
- Improves your posture.
- Helps you get a better night’s sleep.
- Keeps you fit during pregnancy.
- May improve your ability to cope with labor.
- May help you get back in shape faster after your baby is born.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend about 30-minutes on most or all days of the week depending on how you feel and if you consult with your physician first. If you are not currently active and want to start throughout your pregnancy, consider starting off slow with walking. Here are some other exercises to consider:
By now we all know that in the water you weigh less and when you’re pregnant that can feel great. Swimming and water aerobics will not only help you feel lighter, but it could also help with nausea symptoms, sciatic pain, and swelling of your ankles. Your baby is floating along with you so swimming can also loosen your joints and ligaments, help with agility and flexibility. Just make sure you are extra careful with slippy surfaces around the pool to lower your risk of falls.
Walking is simple, requires little equipment other than a good pair of sneakers and you can continue right up until your bundle of joy is born! Consider walking with a friend, partner or at the gym on an even treadmill for extra reassurance.
Elliptical and Stair Climbers
These are great choices because you are able to stay in control in terms of speed, incline, and tension level. Depending on how you are feeling on any given day you can make adjustments to a level you are comfortable with. Try to listen to your body and adapt to your needs. You are most likely not going to feel great every day and could be more tired, consider a slower pace on these days. Remember any activity is better than none. Also remember if you can’t talk normally during an activity, you may be working too hard.
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