Is pregnancy all about resting? The answer is definitely a ‘no’. But with all the fatigue and exhaustion related to pregnancy, you might be tempted to do just that, which is not at all healthy. A moderate amount of physical activity can do wonders for you and your baby. Here are a few guidelines to be a hale and hearty mom-to-be.
Be physically active
Some kind of physical activity or exercise is good for a healthy pregnancy. If you were physically inactive before getting pregnant, start with five minutes of exercise in the beginning. Keep adding five minutes every week until you reach thirty minutes which will be good enough to keep you fit.
Continue with your pre-pregnancy exercises
If you have been physically active before pregnancy, you can probably continue with the same during the first few months. Do not hesitate to talk to your doctor if you have any doubt about your exercise program. Do not stop moderate strength training if you were into it before conceiving as it is good for your muscles and safe during pregnancy.
Opt for light exercise
Light exercises are best during pregnancy as they are less tiring and more doable. Some great yet easy ways to get active are walking, swimming, riding a stationary bicycle, using an elliptical machine, or taking a water aerobics class.
Pregnancy brings lot of changes to your body. Do not play risky games or sports like football, basketball, tennis, racquetball, downhill or water skiing, hockey and horseback riding which may involve jumping and put you at a greater risk of falling down. Shun scuba diving as the water pressure has the potential to harm your baby.
Take care during exercise
Exercise or walk in the early morning or late evening to avoid heat exhaustion. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking a good amount of water. Consult your doctor after the first trimester to talk about exercises which you can do safely. Stop exercising and call your doctor immediately if you have dizziness, vaginal bleeding, fluid leakage, chest pain, decreased foetal movement, or any other physical problem.