Healthy Pregnant Exercises
Staying in shape can be hard to do when you have a baby growing inside of your body. Simply put, as your baby gets bigger you will get bigger too. With this in mind, there are several ways to stay in shape while you are pregnant in order to stay healthy and to avoid having to spend months trying to get back to your pre-pregnancy size.
Many doctors will agree that if you went into your pregnancy active, then you can maintain the physical activity that you did pre-pregnancy, only not as intensely as you use to. Doctors generally recommend that women who were not physically active before their pregnancy begin pregnant exercising during their pregnancy in order to keep their weight down throughout their pregnancy. Not only do pregnant exercises help to keep you in shape, it will also help you to keep your energy levels up when pregnancy begins to drain your body. Pregnant exercising has also been known to help with childbirth later in the pregnancy. The main thing to keep in mind when you are pregnant is your heart rate. If your heart rate goes up too high, it can cause harm to your unborn baby; no workout is worth that.
One of the most highly-recommended pregnant exercises during pregnancy is Pilates. The reason behind this is because it strengthens your core muscles, which are the ones that you will be using most throughout your pregnancy and during child birth. Be sure to find a class or an instructor that specializes in prenatal Pilates. These classes are designed in order to build your abdominal, back and pelvic muscles without causing you to overdo it. Another positive point behind these classes is that they instill relaxation and breathing techniques that can be used during labor and delivery.
Walking is another exercise that is highly recommended during pregnancy. This allows you to keep your figure without causing your heart rate to jump like other workouts would. It is especially good later in your pregnancy, when other pregnant exercises are harder to accomplish.
Light weight lifting is something that you can continue doing if you already lifted weights before you became pregnant. This will allow you to keep your arms and legs toned, in order to be able to carry your baby-to-be. It should be noted that it is not recommended that women who are expecting, lift more than is comfortable. If you find yourself straining during exercises, then it is time to cut back.
The main thing to keep in mind when exercising while you are pregnant, is to be certain that you are not overdoing it and that you are being safe about it. Also, avoid exercising flat on your back after your first trimester, because this can cause the blood flow to the uterus to decrease. Be sure to occasionally do the talk test. You should always be able to carry on a conversation while you are exercising. If not, it is time to slow down. Do not allow your heart rate to reach above 140 beats per minute and listen to your body. Most importantly, drink lots of water.
Physical activity is good for you and for your baby. With the right exercises you can maintain your figure so that you do not have to focus on reclaiming your figure once your baby arrives. Another great benefit to exercise is that it helps the baby to move further into the birthing canal closer to your due date which, in turn, helps to create a smoother labor and delivery.