During pregnancy, the body goes through an incredible amount of change. Hormones fluctuate like crazy, you swell up, blood volume increases, your body aches and of course, your stomach will grow. Internally and externally, your body will go through a journey quite like no other.
Pregnancy means your lifestyle will change, whether you like it or not. Sacrifices will have to be made. Being with-child is often a cautious time, and every action made by mother-to-be is done so with the baby’s best interest at heart.
It’s essential during your gestation period, that you make sure you look after your mind, body and soul during this time. Although sacrifices will have to be made, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay active..
Many pregnant women think that exercise is a no go during this time, however this is not the case. Gentle to medium physical activity can promote overall health for you and the baby. It is good for your mental health, too, and helps your body manage better with weight gain.
Here, we’ve put together some tips to help you stay fit, healthy and happy during pregnancy.
Pregnancy Exercise Classes
There’s plenty of exercise classes out there for you to get involved in. It might be best for you to look out for those that are specifically targeted at women who are expecting. This way the exercise will be a bit more gentle, and baby bump cautious.
Exercise classes are a more fun way of getting your body moving. Getting the chance to meet other expecting mothers can also be really beneficial for you at this weird yet wonderful time.
Running is still absolutely okay to do while with-child. Just maybe don’t go too over the top. If you are going to run make sure you warm up and cool down properly and stay as hydrated as you can.
Warming up properly can help prepare your muscles and reduce the extra added strain that the baby is putting on your body. You can purchase amazing pregnancy support for running, including maternity running belts that will help support your bump.
Swimming is one of the best exercises you can do for your body at any given time, but now is probably when this light activity will work most in your favor. Swimming is great for cardiovascular health and works your entire body. The water helps support your weight when pregnant, too, so you will feel more at ease when swimming.
This water based activity is often recommended to those with pain conditions as it is thought to alleviate the symptoms. Say goodbye to those aching feet and back!
This is a pursuit that pretty much everyone can do and won’t put too much stress on you if you’re not really an exercise person. Walking can also be incorporated easily in your every day life. All you need is a pair of shoes, and you can get a brisk walk in wherever you may need to be going on the day.
If you find you don’t walk all that much, add a lunch break walk in at work, or shorten (or get rid of!) your regular car journeys. Even a casual stroll can be great to get you outdoors, break up a boring evening, and get your heart pumping.
Yoga is not only great for many aspects of the body, but it benefits the mind, too. Maybe you need a way to reduce that pre-natal anxiety, or wash away the worries of every day life. After all, stress is not good for the baby either.
A pre-natal class will ensure you only flow in positions that are suitable for a baby body! Stretching and moving your body in this way can have a really positive impact on the muscles, joints and body’s blood flow.
Whatever it may be you decide to do to stay fit during pregnancy, remember to take it easy and consult your doctor first. Always hydrate and make sure you’re as comfortable as you can be. Last of all, just smile and enjoy the movement of your magnificent body.