Almost everyone thinks that pregnant should not do anything and that weight gain is just normal. The truth is that inactive lifestyle contributes a lot of the problems during pregnancy, and this continues throughout postpartum period. Pregnant women should be doing some exercise to prevent serious diseases like gestational diabetes and other possible complication during pregnancy.
Advantages of exercise during pregnancy
Weight management is just part of the benefits that you can get from exercise as you burn fats off your body. Another benefit that pregnant mothers can get from exercise is a strong body. A strong body will help you in carrying the baby while pregnant. It also eases the labor and promotes stress free and fast delivery recovery after you bore your child.
You can also stay away from constipation, bloating, and swelling. You also feel productive and emotionally stable a lot more time.
Do’s and Don’ts of working out while pregnant
Some of the recommended exercises for expecting mothers are walking, swimming, cycling and aerobic exercises. You can also do a little running, racket sports and strength training, but it should be in moderation. Contact sports like ice hockey, soccer, basketball etc. will not do you any good.
If you were a health buff before you got pregnant, you can still do what you are doing before pregnancy, but you need to stop once you feel stressed. Visiting a doctor before undergoing any exercise is a must. The doctor can tell you when it is dangerous to exercise.
When to stop working out?
When you feel any of the problems like virginal bleeding, dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, headache, muscle weakness, pain and swelling of calf, uterine contractions and decreased a fetal movement; that would be the time to stop. These warning signs are an indication that you are overdoing it.