Staying fit whilst pregnant
Pregnancy can be an extremely uncomfortable time and that is without even having to give birth.
Exercising whilst pregnant may not sound the best but it can be of huge benefit to both you and your unborn child.
Not only does a light workout better your mood, it makes you sleep easier, reduces common pregnancy aches and pains, and can also make the process of giving birth much easier. Moreover, it lowers the chances of developing gestational diabetes and can also prevent pre-eclampsia.
Below are some easy exercises to make your experience all the more enjoyable.
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Pregnant or not, the wonders of swimming are vast. It is often hailed as the best type of exercise for anyone. The relaxation and rehabilitation advantages of swimming are vast. Often those who have suffered injuries to their legs, either through accident or medical negligence (which you can find out more about at here) can regain muscle strength through swimming before walking. The buoyancy of the water helps alleviate the pressure of the extra pounds that you are having to carry around. From a health perspective, swimming helps you exercise your arms and legs. These are two of your largest muscle groups, and comes with numerous cardiovascular advantages.
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Doing a whole range of low-impact yoga can be of great value. Stretching can help alleviate the aches and pains associated with having a child. Moving joints that normally don’t get used can help prevent stiffness. Also, there are numerous pregnancy yoga classes which are great fun for any expecting mother. Not only do you get some exercise in, but you can surround yourself with other pregnant women, all of whom are going through the same thing. Camaraderie can have great effects on emotional state.
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If yoga is too difficult for you then try water aerobics. In essence you are doing the same thing as yoga just in a pool. And, like mentioned before, the addition of water can help reduce the tension and toil that you are inflicting on your body.
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It sounds obvious enough but you will be surprised how many people rule out walking whilst pregnant. In fairness, they are more than justified to do so. However, if you have the determination to remain active whilst pregnant then walking is the best way to achieve this thanks to its adaptability. You don’t have to alter your daily plans to allow for it. A brisk walk every day improves your body’s oxygenation and circulation whilst gently working your joints. Don’t try and get all Bear Grylls, though. You should avoid difficult terrain and steep slopes as you will be exerting yourself too much. Wearing proper shoes is also essential if you are to avoid sore feet, backache and losing your balance. A useful tip is to get your shoes a half-size larger than usual as feet swell during pregnancy.