Good Exercises To Do When Pregnant

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Most women can and should exercise when pregnant. Unless your pregnancy is high risk or your doctor has ordered you to stay in bed, there is no reason in fact you can`t exercise while pregnant.


by: Adwina Jackson

Most women can and should exercise when pregnant. Unless your pregnancy is high
risk or your doctor has ordered you to stay in bed, there is no reason in fact
you can`t exercise while pregnant.

Studies show that there are numerous benefits to exercising while pregnant. You
can improve your energy levels, get your blood pumping to your legs and improve
your circulation, and improve your chances for a speedy recovery.

Another reason to exercise? Moms who worked out while pregnant generally had
shorter and easier labors.

So what kinds of exercises are good to do when pregnant?

Well let`s start with those you should avoid. You should avoid embarking on any
stringent exercise program you are unfamiliar with. Avoid running and other jarring
activities unless you are a very experienced runner. Even then you should consult
with your physician.

Here are some generally good and safe exercises that are recommended during pregnancy:

Walking - This is the best overall exercise for pregnant mothers anywhere. It is low
impact but still gets your heart rate up and your blood pumping. Walking is usually
safe throughout the entire pregnancy.

Jogging - Jogging can be done safely if you are an experienced jogger. You should reduce
your jogging regimen however the further along you are in your pregnancy. If you
are not able to have a conversation when jogging, then you are working out too
hard.

Swimming - This is the number one exercise and the safest exercise when it comes to pregnancy.
Swimming alleviates the heaviness you feel from weight gain associated with pregnancy.
It also provides you with optimal cardiovascular benefits and helps you feel light
and refreshed.

Yoga - Yoga can help you maintain your muscle tone and stretch out tight ligaments
during pregnancy. Be sure you investigate a pre-natal yoga class if at all possible.

Weight Training - Weight training is a great way to maintain and build muscle during your pregnancy.
Just keep in mind you should avoid heavy weights and weight bearing exercises
that require you to lie on your back.

To be safe you should always consult with your doctor or physician before beginning
any exercise program. Most pregnant women are fine to work out particularly if
they`ve been active before.

If you are just starting a program be sure to take it easy initially. You should
also commit to exercising regularly. Generally 30 minutes of exercise 4-7 days
per week is recommended.

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