For many years it was believed that once a woman became pregnant she should take it easy physically. However, research has increasingly found that most pregnant women would benefit from physical activity.
In most cases, women can continue with their existing fitness routine. If they are not already working out, it is still very likely that they would benefit from starting one – with a doctor’s ok of course!
It has been found that exercising during pregnancy has many positive effects. Exercising gives us more energy and stamina, increases confidence, and can even help give us the extra boost of mental and physical strength to help us get through the delivery.
A daily fitness regimen performed by the mother-to-be during pregnancy has also been associated with having a healthier baby.
What’s more, if you’re dreading those long hours of child labor, we’ve got good news: Regular exercise during pregnancy has been found to reduce the during of labor by roughly a third. This in itself is a great motivating factor to get moving, especially since every hour spent in labor can seem like a MUCH longer period of time.
While exercise will undoubtedly help you obtain all these wonderful benefits, there are some important guidelines you should follow during your pregnancy.
1. Always consult with your physician before beginning any fitness and/or diet regimen. This is to ensure you will be able to do this safely, without causing harm to yourself or your unborn child.
2. Start out slow. Do not attempt to perform very strenuous exercises, especially on your own. Don’t overdo it time-wise. Find some exercises or activities you like and enjoy, and do them regularly. If you begin to feel exerted, overheated, or worn out, stop exercising immediately and take a rest. The whole purpose of exercising is to help maintain good health, not to injure or endanger yourself or your baby. We also strongly recommend enlisting the guidance, knowledge, and support of a personal trainer. They can help keep you at a healthy pace, helping you get the benefit of exercise without putting undue strain on your body or your unborn baby.
3. Avoid extreme humidity, especially warm temperatures, and high altitudes when exercising. Getting overheated is not beneficial to you or our baby, and could actually cause harm. Be sure to stay drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
4. Monitor your heart rate, breathing, and pulse. This will help you observe your progress and not overdo it. Additionally, this information could assist your physician in diagnosing any problems or potential issues you may face.
5. Avoid any bouncing, jumping, or running during your final trimester, as these and other particularly strenuous activities can potentially cause injury or harm to you or your unborn child.
Pregnancy causes many changes for a woman, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Prioritize balance and self-care during this time, including exercise, nutrition, stress management, adequate rest, hydration, and preparation. Be sure to communicate openly with your partner, doctor, and personal trainer.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you start or continue an exercise regimen while you are pregnant — safely and effectively!