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Exercise During Pregnancy – Regaining the Energy

By Debra Aspinall Subscribe to RSS | July 21st 2012 | Views:
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We’re all told that exercise is vital in our everyday lives. But, exercise during pregnancy is just as vital. Regular exercise can lead to a healthier pregnancy week by week. Some of the benefits of exercise during pregnancy include:

• Regaining your figure more quickly after childbirth

• Better sleep- exercise can help reduce restlessness during pregnancy

• Greater oxygen supply for the baby, due to faster circulation of blood around the body

• Increased flexibility, which makes labour easier

• Heightened levels of serotonin, meaning your spirits are lifted

• Reduced constipation

• Better prepares the body for the physical strain of childbirth

• Reduced stress

• Chance for some much needed me-time. Enjoy time to look after yourself before the baby arrives!

So now we know the benefits, what exactly are the types of exercise suitable for mum’s-to-be?

• Swimming is a popular choice. Moving in water while pregnant provides resistance which helps strengthen the heart, lungs and muscles. It is also a low-impact sport, which reduces any risk of injury. Working out in a pool is also good for self-esteem as now matter how large your pregnancy belly, you will feel almost weightless!

• Yoga is excellent in improving a pregnant woman’s balance, whilst also reducing stress. Yoga is another low-impact sport, which can be continued throughout all three trimesters. This is a great choice to alleviate those aches and pains which occur during pregnancy week by week.

• Pilates toughens up the abdominal muscles which can actually help when pushing during labour. It also helps alleviate lower back ache.

• And finally, walking is a simple but effective exercise. Not much advice needed with this activity, apart from ensure you have supportive footwear.

Now you know which exercises are best during pregnancy, here are a few golden rules to follow:

• Always remember to sufficiently warm up and cool down

• Drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise to avoid dehydration

• Stop right away if you feel faint or light-headed

• Take a few deep breaths before any exercise to give your muscles an oxygen boost

• Aim for four exercise sessions per week

• Always wear a sports bra

• If taking part in an exercise class, always inform the instructor that you are pregnant. This means that they can tell you whether a specific exercise is inappropriate in your condition.

• Consult your doctor before undertaking any exercise program.

Exercise during pregnancy can be extremely rewarding for both you and your baby. So give it a go and enjoy the benefits.

Debra Aspinall - About Author:
Debra Aspinall is an experienced journalist and the editor and leading writer for the Emma’s Diary website, one of the UKs foremost pregnancy, raspberry leaf tea, pregnancy week by week, pregnancy advice and baby websites. She writes on pregnancy, and etc. If you are searching for free baby stuff, please visit us at Emmasdiary.co.uk.

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