Can I Exercise During Pregnancy?

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Can I exercise during pregnancy? Will it hurt my baby? What exercises can I do? Read this article to find out the answers to these questions.

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Is it okay for you to exercise during pregnancy?

Back in the day, it was believed that a pregnant woman shouldn’t exercise because it’d be too strenuous for her and may be detrimental to the proper development of her baby. However, contrary to the popular belief, exercise has not only proven beneficial to the well- being of the expecting, but to that of her child’s as well.

Exercise during Pregnancy Tip 1: Keep it Light 

Exercise is a means of keeping an expecting mom’s weight in check, but even then, only light to moderate exercises for about thirty minutes a day are recommended during pregnancy. Apart from light stretching, swimming, and stationary cycling, there are yoga and pilates programs specifically designed for pregnant women.

Exercise during Pregnancy Tip 2: Easy as You Go

All throughout your pregnancy, it is very important to stay hydrated, this is especially true when exercising. As you enter your third trimester, ease up on the more strenuous exercises. You can, however, continue with light stretching and brief strolls until your final weeks of pregnancy.

Exercise during Pregnancy Tip 3: Always Check with the Experts 

A pregnant woman’s exercise regimen and nutrition is largely dependent on her condition, there is no one-size-fits-all exercise plan. So before you indulge in physical activities or intake certain foods, it’s best to check with your doctor. Also, you may ask your gym instructor if there are certain things that you can do at home

A healthy mother usually equates to a healthy baby. With exercise not only does the mother keep her weight in check, but she also builds up the strength and stamina that may be needed during labor and the delivery itself. Also, whatever nutrients that mother intakes get passed along to the child as well. Therefore it is very important that the mother stay fit during her pregnancy, physical activities shouldn’t be her enemy, as it helps both her and her child.

What exercises did you love during your pregnancy? Let us know in the comments section!

 

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