You shouldn’t avoid exercising during your pregnancy, even if your are limited from doing all the activities you are used to. Most health experts nowadays, recommend that women who are pregnant should exercise regularly but sensibly as far as the last month of their pregnancy. Aside from aerobic activities, there are benefits to weight training and body sculpting during this time. Below we will look at some of the most efficient ways for you to stay fit throughout your pregnancy.
Your breathing is something you should monitor carefully while exercising, no matter what type of workouts you will be doing while pregnant. While this is good advice at all times, it is even more critical when you are pregnant. If you run out of breath, that means you are exercising too hard, something you should avoid doing. Thus, you need to limit your weights to lighter versions of those you use regularly and ensure your cardio sessions don’t exceed a moderate level of intensity. If you are out of breath and drawing in gasps of air, this can lead to restricted oxygen flow to the fetus due to pressure on your abdomen. At this time, your goal should only be to stay fit and not improve your aerobic capacity. You need to avoid doing too much and straining yourself and the general rule is to ensure that your breathing is level when you exercise. Before starting an exercise program, you should get your doctor’s recommendation even though exercising during pregnancy is generally safe. If you have conditions like high blood pressure or heart irregularities, your doctor may limit the types of exercises that you can do. To make sure the exercises you’re doing are safe, be sure to keep your doctor informed when you go in for your regular prenatal visits. In the majority of cases, there’s nothing to worry about, but if you have any medical problems related to your pregnancy, you may have to take special precautions.
If you’re going to do weight training or any type of strength training while pregnant, you should begin with a light cardio workout to get warmed up. A small amount of stretching is also advisable after your warm-up, but be sure not to overdo things. The purpose of this is to maintain, not improve, your flexibility and warm up your muscles. Make your stretches smooth and avoid bouncing. These suggestions should be followed all the time but even more so during pregnancy.
Afterwards, you start training with weights. You will get the most out of your workout session, if you warm up before. You will need to follow some basic precautions but you can continue to exercise during your pregnancy. This will help you feel better and can minimize difficulties such as water retention and insomnia that can be caused by pregnancy. You will find it easier to return to your pre-pregnancy weight when you design a workout routine with your doctor that will keep you as healthy and fit as possible.