Pregnancy does not have to be the end of your exercise routine. Granted, you probably shouldn't be trying to break your bench press record during these nine months, but it's important that you stay active and fit. Moderate exercise is recommended for pregnant women, as it helps alleviate some of the discomforts of pregnancy and makes it easier for your body to recover after childbirth. Here are five tips to help you stay fit and healthy while pregnant.
1. Start Exercising Before Your Pregnancy
If you still have the time, you should start exercising before you get pregnant. Getting used to an exercise routine prior to pregnancy will make it that much easier to continue exercising when you do get pregnant. You're body will be more used to the schedule.
2. Stay Comfortable
It's very important that you never step out of your comfort zone. As your belly grows, your muscles and joints will start to shift as well. You'll want to get a good set of workout clothes that adapts to your body and lets you move easily. There are a lot of maternity brands that offer good workout gear. FIT2BMOM's line of Capri workout outfits are one good option. They expand to fit your body even as it grows.
Low resistance exercises are best during pregnancy, and swimming is one of the best low resistance exercises you can do. It allows you to work out all your muscle groups without the risk of injury that you'd have if you lifted weights at the gym.
4. Try Yoga
Yoga is another great exercise to try. It keeps your muscles toned and your limbs flexible, which is important to keeping your body prepared for that all important third trimester. Just remember not strain yourself too hard. Only do what you are able to do comfortably.
5. Keep Appropriate Intensity
Your heart rate will naturally increase during your pregnancy, so keep this in mind while you exercise. Don't work out for more than 30 minutes per day, don't wear maternity jeans while working out and check your heart rate to make sure it stays no more than 20 beats above normal.