Exercise, as preached by many, is an essential part of our everyday lives. Exercise helps to keep our bodies active, healthy and even prevent potential life-threatening diseases. This applies to everyone no matter what life may throw at you. Many persons who have disabilities are shining on social media showing the world that nothing is impossible when you keep your body healthy.
As a woman, keeping a healthy body has a number of different benefits as you go through different stages in life. One of the main and most drastic changes women have to ensure, is pregnancy. The female body does a miraculous thing by creating new life. A woman carries her precious baby for 9 months, and pushes her body to the limit. Between the growth of the torso to make room for the baby, the weight gain and the constant discomfort, it’s safe to say that moms are our own personal super heroes.
One common misconception for a lot of women is that when you get pregnant all exercise must stop to protect the baby and it’s successful growth. But what these expecting mothers do not know, is that physical activity offers a number of health benefits for the mother and can also help prepare her body for childbirth. The first step would be to consult your healthcare provider; every woman is different and in some cases exercise can be harmful to the pregnancy based on complications that may come up. If your doctor gives you the all clear, it is helpful to modify your workouts or choose more suitable programs that are accommodating to your changing body.
The key is to not over exert yourself- stick to a light to moderate workout routine as you begin your 9 month journey through pregnancy. You may need to slow down as your pregnancy progresses or to accommodate for changes in your body. Consult your maternity team to make sure everything that your doing is safe for both you and for your baby. If you were already an
avid fitness enthusiast then these changes will keep you and your baby healthy and you’ll be looking good and feeling even better throughout your pregnancy.
If you weren’t active prior to getting pregnant, a strenuous exercise routine is not going to derail or lessen any of the changes your body is about to go through. The best thing to do is to consult a professional before starting and aerobic exercise routine, let the instructor know that you are pregnant and that you’d like to keep your workout light. If you’re out of breath and unable to talk during a workout, then you are definitely working out too hard for your pregnant body. Always remember, exercise can be beneficial without being overly strenuous.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when exercising while pregnant:
• Stay hydrated
• Always warm up before
exercising and cool down after • Stay consistent
• Do not do strenuous activity in hot or humid environments
• If you’re going to a class, let the
instructor know that you are
pregnant and modify to suit
• Walking is great, walking for 30 minutes every day can make a
Always consult your doctor, midwife or a physical therapist to have a good understanding of what exercises you should avoid and why to avoid them. For example, exercises that require lying on your back are not safe for neither the mother nor the baby. Keeping up with your exercise routine is definitely beneficial during pregnancy but to avoid risk of injury to both you and your baby, proper knowledge of your body’s changes and what to avoid will keep your pregnancy safe.