A Prenatal Exercise Warmup

Getting pregnant means a of lot major adjustments, but it shouldn’t be the end of your active lifestyle. In fact, staying active with exercise is one of the most important keys to a healthy pregnancy!

Should I Exercise During Pregnancy?

A lot of moms want to know how to stay active during pregnancy. Generally, the rule is that if you were active before becoming pregnant, it should be safe to keep it up. If you weren’t big into exercise before pregnancy, it’s still not a bad time to start! The best option is to ask your care provider exactly how active you should be, because too much strain can be uncomfortable and possibly unsafe. Naturally, moderation is key!

Sticking to physical exercise throughout pregnancy actually eases a lot of discomfort that can be common throughout pregnancy, and also helps your body prepare for labor and delivery. It can help prevent excess weight gain, although weight gain during pregnancy is very different from when you’re not. Pregnancy is NOT the time for weight loss. It can even relieve stress, which you will definitely appreciate further along!

What Kind Of Exercises Should I Do?

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise per day, or at least as many days as possible. If you’re a little too busy for that (we understand!), just 20 minutes of exercise 3 to 4 days a week is beneficial! So what counts as “moderate exercise”?

Walking

Walking is a great (and obvious) starter exercise. It is low impact, meaning minimal strain on your body. Plus it’s easy, and you already do it every day! When you want to step it up, try some light jogging, prenatal yoga, or the ultimate pregnancy exercise: swimming.

Jogging

If you want to try your hand at jogging while pregnant, be sure to wear comfortable, supportive clothing. Don’t forget a high quality sports bra – swollen breasts are one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. Stay hydrated and plot a jogging route that’s less intense than usual. You won’t be able to jog at the same intensity that you used to, nor should you feel the need to! Don’t push yourself too hard. Finally, be sure to bring your phone and tell others you are going on a jog, just in case!

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga is a great way to exercise while pregnant. If you plan on trying it out, look for a yoga studio near you that offers prenatal classes. There will be a lot of breathing exercises, some stretching, and sitting and standing poses. Prenatal yoga is a fantastic way to relieve stress, improve sleep, boost your flexibility, and strengthen your body for labor.

Swimming

Swimming and pool exercise is an amazing workout for preggie moms. Being in the water naturally provides extra support for your bump and eases stress to your joints. Plus it’s a great excuse to take a relaxing dip! It’s a great warm up to start in the shallows and simply move around too. Remember to stay hydrated, and NEVER dive in. You’re not trying to be Michael Phelps here!


 

Before you set off on your newly-pregnant fitness adventure, be sure to speak with your doctor and get the all-clear. Remember to take it slow, drink water and most of all, enjoy the exercise!