There can be no other feeling that is greater or more wonderful than anticipating the birth of a child! However, while getting pregnant may just be the best thing to happen to any woman, it’s only normal for anybody to have issues about pregnancy.
One of your major concerns as a pregnant woman has to deal with is exercise. You may feel that being pregnant requires you to tie herself down to your bed and practically do nothing else. Actually, this is the last thing that you should do, unless you have serious health conditions that may worsen with exercise. The lack of exercise can cause greater problems during the entire period of your pregnancy, and all through the labor and postpartum period.
Engaging in exercises during pregnancy is highly recommended as it helps to keep your weight in control and prepare your body, making it stronger, for the more difficult times ahead. Exercising helps to tone your spine, improving your posture, muscle strength and endurance. Aside from that, exercising prevents your from experiencing constipation, bloating, and swelling, and keeps your emotions in check.
It’s been said and reported that women who exercise during pregnancy have a much easier and shorter time during labor and they are also able to recover faster than those who choose to be sedentary all throughout their pregnancy.
Of course, though, there are certain exercises that are recommended during pregnancy, and these you must be aware of. Walking, swimming, and cycling are generally safe to do during pregnancy, while more active sports such as scuba diving, hockey, soccer, and basketball, should be avoided. Running and strength training is basically okay, but must be done in moderation.
Doing Pilates exercises can also be very beneficial to you as this program targets your core postural muscles. However, this is not safe to do on your own.
It is always best to consult with your doctor before engaging in any form of exercise, regardless of whether or not you have already been exercising even before you have gotten pregnant. Your doctor knows what forms of exercises you can do under your present state. If you don’t have any existing medical conditions, there’s a strong likelihood that you’ll still be able to continue with your routine.
In the event that you experience dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, headache, muscle weakness, or if you notice vaginal bleeding or feel pain and swelling of your calf, uterine contractions and lack of fetal movement, stop exercising and see your doctor at once.
Exercising is a really great thing to do especially during pregnancy, but then it is a must that you know your limits, too. Talk to your doctor about this because he/she knows what is best for you. The earlier you do this, the more beneficial it will be for you.
It also pays to understand the warning signals so you can stop engaging in any kind of exercise before you risk your life and the life of your baby.