It was not long ago, just a few generations back when mother-to-be were told that exercising was not good for pregnant women. That in fact as little movement as possible was best. Unless a pregnant woman is high risk (and you must, must get your health care provider’s okay), we now know the opposite to be true. Daily, moderate exercise (about 30 minutes a day) has shown to reduce discomfort, nausea, increase strength and flexibility and curve the likelihood for gestational diabetes. Prenatal exercise has also shown to regulate fetal heart rate. A win-win.
So here are a few guidelines to implement when following a prenatal program whether you choose yoga, Pilates, swimming, walking or running.
- wear comfortable clothing that breathes.
- consider stretching before and after your exercise program
- stay hydrated
- forgo exercise in extremely hot weather conditions
- stop if you get dizzy or out of breath
- Keep a little high protein snack nearby if you get nauseous or hungry
- listen to your body and your baby
If you exercised regularly before your pregnancy continue your program but over time you may need to make modifications.
Exercise is a wonderful way to connect with and stay tuned to your changing body. Enjoy prenatal exercise. It may or may not make your birth easier but it may help you bounce back post-partum more easily.
What kind of exercise did you or do you enjoy during your pregnancy. Please share.