Contrary to popular fears, exercising during pregnancy is not harmful to either mother or baby. It all depends on the kind of exercise one chooses to do and to what intensity. Exercising during pregnancy actually goes a long way to boost your mood, improve your sleep quality, reduce pregnancy aches and pains and could help regulate your blood pressure thus preventing preeclampsia. It also helps prepare for childbirth by strengthening your muscles and building endurance and makes it so much easier for you to get your pre-baby body back after childbirth.
In spite of all these wonderful benefits of exercising during pregnancy, make sure you get your doctor’s go-ahead before you start any form of exercising during pregnancy.
Here are some exercises that will do wonders for you as you carry your little angel in your womb.
- Walking: Going on short walks during pregnancy is a fantastic way to keep the blood pumping in your body. Instead of hoping into the car to go to the market or the salon or to the pick the kids from school, try walking down to these places. You’ll enjoy the sights and sounds and do your body a whole lot of good in the process.
- Dancing: Put on a CD of your favorite playlist or musician and just move your body to the melodious hits! Dancing is a fun form of exercise that keeps the blood moving, your hearts and muscles working and you having lots of fun.
- Swimming: If you know how to swim, pregnancy shouldn’t stop you from engaging in this activity. Healthcare providers and fitness experts hail swimming as the best and safest exercise for pregnant women. Swimming is ideal because it exercises both large muscle groups (arms and legs), provides cardiovascular benefits, and allows expectant women to feel weightless despite the extra pounds of pregnancy. However, if you can’t swim, during pregnancy ISNT the best time to learn how to!