When you become pregnant you may have to alter your current exercise regime. Going down the gym to lift heavy weight or do an hour on the cross trainer may prove much too strenuous now you’re carrying a baby. However, pregnant women are advised to continue exercising throughout their pregnancy so what can you do?
Many mums-to-be are unsure as to which exercises are good for them and which may be harmful to their unborn child. Here we take a look at a selection of exercises that are beneficial to pregnant women.
Yoga & Pilates
Yoga and Pilates are great exercises for pregnant women because they can be very gentle. There are, of course, different levels you can take but if you stick to a beginners to intermediate class through the course of your pregnancy you won’t do yourself or your baby any damage and you’ll maintain a great level of fitness.
Both yoga and Pilates have additional benefits aside from just the physical ones. Both exercises are known for their relaxing and calming effect. Pregnancy can be a stressful time. Your body is changing and your life is set to change forever. Your emotions are all over the place and you have to try and balance a normal day-to-day life while all of this is going on.
Yoga and Pilates can help to de-stress you, promote relaxation and better sleeping and altogether help you have a calmer pregnancy.
Walking is well known for being a great exercise. It’s not too troublesome for joints and it can aid overall fitness and well being. Because it is low impact it is also a great exercise for pregnant women to partake in.
Be sure to wear good walking shoes and only walk for as long as you feel comfortable. Don’t push yourself too much.
The reason swimming is so good for pregnant ladies is that the water holds your weight. You’re therefore putting very little pressure on joints but you’re still working your muscles and toning your body all over.
With all exercise, remember you know your own body. Don’t over do it and if you feel you’re pushing yourself too hard you probably are.
Seek medical advice before starting any exercise in order to make sure you are fit and well and won’t be doing yourself any harm.