Pregnancy is a beautiful time… Yet at the back of your mind you are worried about how things will happen and if you will be able to sustain the complexities that occur during this period. Some women tend to get temporary health problems like headaches or thyroids while others sail through merrily. Nevertheless, all doctors do recommend that pregnant women exercise during this period for both the baby and the mother. Unless your doctor has prescribed you otherwise, you can do these exercises at home.
Following Best Exercises Pregnant Women Should Do:
This is the safest exercise for all pregnant women and should be done to ensure healthier body weight. Walking also prevents pregnancy related diabetes and other health problems. It helps the mother stay fit and increase chances of having a natural birth. Just make sure you have comfortable walking shoes and clothes on. And most importantly don’t push yourself too far!
Not all yoga exercises can be done during this period, especially ones that require lying down on the stomach are completely ruled out. But you can do many other postures that use the legs, back and thighs. Some of these include squatting, cat cow, warrior pose, downward facing dog, etc. are some of them. Again, if you are just starting yoga during pregnancy, do consult with an expert.
Most doctors agree that swimming is safe during pregnancy. Since the water helps to balance your weight and minimise pressure on the joints. Do light swimming strokes like back stroke, breast stroke or even dog-style. Again, don’t over exert yourself and find a comfortable maternity swimsuit. Be careful when stepping into and out of the pool and no diving.
Like yoga, stretching can be done in the comfort of your home, post some like aerobic exercises or walking. Just make sure that you are seated on an exercise mat or even bed for comfort. Stretching helps the muscles relax and soothes them. This is very good for women who are suffering from back pain or complain of body ache during this period.
Pilates is relatively safe during pregnancy. In the first trimester, you can do a bit of core stabilising exercises if the doctor permits. But from the second trimester, it is all about right postures and balance. You can use the swiss ball only for postures that don’t lay emphasis on the stomach. Squats, side bends, back bends and other similar postures can be done with ease.