Pregnancy is the moment where almost everything in you changes. You have different physical appearance, and may not be as active as you used to be. You easily feel exhausted and some of you even have to take a bed rest due to the severe morning sickness or pregnancy complicacy. This, thus raises a question, do you have to leave exercises when pregnant? Do you have to give up regular walking, running, or going to the gym because of your pregnancy? Or is it vice versa?
Is doing exercises allowed during pregnancy and how important is it?
When getting pregnant, you might think you should do low-risk activities only. People surrounding you probably have the contribution of forming this kind of opinion. Bigger belly and weaker body sometimes indeed make expectant mothers reluctant to continue doing some exercises that they have been doing before get pregnant. In fact, exercises are important during your pregnancy. It contributes to your healthy stamina and might ease labor in normal delivery. If you do not have serious complications with the pregnancy, you might want to start exercising and get the benefits.
Exercising during pregnancy might help you relieving your back pain, controlling your weight gain, maintaining your moods, increasing your energy and stamina, helping you get better sleep, and relieving joints stiffness. If your doctor do not inform any high-risk complications about your pregnancy and you are most likely to experience normal delivery, exercises should be fine with you.
How do I exercise during Pregnancy?
Even though exercise is allowed with non-complicated pregnancy, you should pay attention to some things when doing the exercises.
- Always warm up and cool down.
- Do not push yourself too much and stay comfortable.
- Keep hydrated.
- Avoid high-risks sports.
- Do not eat close to your exercising hours. Eat at least one hour prior to avoid stomachache during exercising.
- Wear comfortable—loose, breathable clothes, well-supporting sport bra, and proper shoes.
- Exercise in flat surface to avoid possible injuries.
- Make it a habit.
What Exercises are best for Normal Delivery?
Not all sports and exercises are advised for pregnant women. You should pay attention to your physical conditions when choosing what exercises to do. With bigger belly, you might want to avoid those high-risks sports and steer close to slow-paced, low-risk ones. Some best exercises to do during pregnancy to prepare normal delivery are: