Exercise in general is super important to maintain a fit and healthy body, and it is also pivotal to the proper functioning of our bodies. As such, it is important for everyone including pregnant Moms out there to get the correct exercise as allowed by their doctors.
When I was pregnant with my little girl, I got a lot of questions from my followers and community on how I was able to keep exercising despite being pregnant. Well, I decided to share some of my favorite exercise types when I was pregnant.
However, please ensure that you are cleared by your doctor before engaging in any form of exercise whatsoever. Also, please ensure that you stay well hydrated, exercising or not and that you get proper stretch before and after each exercise.
Enjoy your exercises Mamas and stay healthy and fit throughout;
1. Brisk walking
Walking is always a pregnancy favorite especially if you weren’t too active before pregnancy. It’s a great way to lose weight, tone your body and elevate your heart rate.
Walk on smooth surfaces, avoid potholes, rocks, and other obstacles, and wear supportive footwear.
Swimming and exercising in water give a better range of motion without putting pressure on the joints. The buoyancy offered by the water may offer some relief from the extra weight.
Swimming, walking in water, and aqua aerobics offer health benefits throughout pregnancy.
Always us a stroke that feels comfortable, and that does not strain your neck, shoulders, or back muscles, for example, breaststroke.
Try to hold on to then railing for support and work with an instructor. Also avoid diving or jumping.
3. Stationary cycling
Cycling on a stationary bike, also called spinning, is normally safe even for first-time exercisers. It helps raise the heart rate without putting too much stress
The bike will helps support your weight and, because it is stationary, the risk of falling is low.
Prenatal yoga classes keep the joints limber and help maintain flexibility.
Yoga strengthens muscles, stimulates blood circulation, and enhances relaxation. These may contribute to a healthy blood pressure during pregnancy.
The techniques learnt in yoga class can also help you to stay calm and in control during labor.
However, also endeavor to not over stretch, thereby causing injury or tears to your muscles.
5. Low-impact aerobics
Aerobic exercise strengthens the heart and lungs and helps maintain muscle tone. Low-impact aerobics excludes jumping, high kicks, leaps, or fast running.
Exercising will generally give you more energy, reduce weight and keep blood flow at an optimum level. So as much as you can, try to exercise and stay hydrated too.