- Women's Health
Exercise During Pregnancy
One very important point you have to keep in mind when it comes to exercise during pregnancy is not to overdo it. Exercise is very good for you when you are pregnant, provided of course that there are no complications. Exercise in moderation – enough to keep you healthy during pregnancy but not too much to endanger the baby. You’ll find that a bit of exercise helps you eat better, digest your food better, sleep better and feel better emotionally.
Pregnancy and the best exercises
There are three forms of exercise that are really good during a normal pregnancy – they are walking, swimming and stretching. These come naturally to the body and it would be best if you did not start off any new exercise regimen after you have become pregnant. Of course, if you had a grueling exercise routine before you got pregnant, you might want to check with your doctor if it is all right to continue it. In most, you will be advised not to do anything that could put you in danger of a miscarriage because of too much exercising. If you exercise as much as you can, you will also find yourself being more cheerful because you are more fit. You have less of a problem with gas and belching, both symptoms of hormonal changes in your body. You also sleep better and this is a great advantage in pregnancy because many women suffer from pregnancy insomnia during this period.
Easy Does it
Moderation is the key when it comes to exercising in pregnancy so you need to keep that in mind. At the same time, no exercise could mean that you put on weight and you could just go through a more difficult labour. Mild exercise also keeps you back free from pain and helps you to be more active. You need to find the optimum balance of doing enough to keep your mobility good and not doing too much so you have problems. So walk – slightly briskly if you can manage it but don’t jog. Swim – but don’t do it like you’re training for a swimming competition. Stretch – in bed like a cat before you get out and whenever you can during the day. Do it slowly and stretch up and sideways as much as you can without straining. This will help your spine stay strong and you won’t be subject to those backaches. You will also stay supple which will stand you in good stead when you are giving birth to your baby.
Pregnancy does not mean you are ill – just that you need to be aware of the life growing so rapidly inside you. So you have to take care of yourself – not by being inactive and lying in bed all day unless it warrants it – but by being up and doing, managing your daily life and staying fit.