Two of my best friends are pregnant these days. They’re happy about expecting a baby, but they’re complaining sometimes about the hardships of carrying it.
Are you in this situation as well? Well, one of the answers to improving your general state during pregnancy is working out.
You probably know that the myth saying that exercising during pregnancy is not recommended has long been invalidated by scientists.
More than that, it has been proven that gaining too much weight during pregnancy endangers your child. Overweight can lead to a difficult labor, it may cause your child to become obese or it can cause birth defects.
So, what can we do?
There are plenty of workout activities that are fine to engage in during pregnancy. Nevertheless, there are others which should be avoided. These are the ones which might cause slips or falls. You should probably keep away from horseback riding, cycling, skiing or other similar sports.
Instead, try one of the following:
- walking: this is good for your legs, your joints and your heart; you can practice it daily while running other errands outside your home;
- jogging: if you are a runner or a jogger, don’t stop while expecting a baby; it will help you stay fit, but be careful not to strain yourself too much;
- swimming: as you know by now, this is one of the most complete workouts out there; you might also consider giving birth in water – it’s better both for you and your baby;
- pilates, yoga and stretching: these are not as hard on your joints as the other workouts I’ve mentioned; at the same time, they help your muscles stay flexible and toned up;
- dancing and aerobics: you can try these during pregnancy, but just don’t overdo it; stick to regular moves and remember your baby likes listening to music!
- lifting weights: if you prefer this type of exercise, don’t give it up just because you’ll be having a baby; just lift smaller weights and you’ll be fine.
In conclusion, it’s very good to continue exercising while being pregnant. Apart from improving your health and that of your baby, working out will help you recover faster after giving birth and get back your slim figure.
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