Prenatal Fitness: How to Keep Healthy and Fit
By Genevieve Cunningham
Once upon a time, pregnant women were advised to do next to nothing during pregnancy. Don’t lift anything heavy. Don’t walk too fast. Don’t jump or bend. Nowadays, the advice has taken a complete 180. Pregnant women in today’s world are advised to stay active and fit the entire nine months. But unless you’re already fit, this thought may be a little scary. What are you supposed to do? And for how long and how intense? If you’re new to the fitness game, but you want to stay fit during your pregnancy, take a look at these common and safe prenatal exercises,
Walk a Little Every Day
Even if you weren’t active before, it’s perfectly safe to get out and do some walking. Walking is low impact, easy on the joints, and can be altered to fit your specific needs. Just make sure to buy some supportive shoes, as the extra weight might be a little hard on your feet. Whether you walk on a trail, a treadmill, or around the house, walking can keep you flexible, burn calories, and help you maintain a healthier pregnancy.
Don’t Be Afraid of Yoga and Stretching
Pregnancy comes with plenty of aches and pains. Some of these are unavoidable, but others may be managed with some simple stretching. Try adding a simple stretching routine to every morning, or go ahead and join a prenatal yoga class. Either can help keep the muscles loose and the joints flexible. Just be careful. The joints are looser than ever during pregnancy, so be easy on your body to see results without injury.
Take a Dip in the Pool
Swimming is a great way to stay healthy during pregnancy. The buoyancy of the water takes some of the added weight off of your body, which is why you get that weightless feeling in the water. Whether it’s laps, simple walking in the water, or a fun aerobics class, taking a quick dip in the pool is sure to leave you feeling your best.
Pregnancy is hard; there’s no doubt about it. But staying in good shape will help you feel better both during and after those long nine months. When in doubt, always ask your doctor for advice and a step in the right direction. But with a green light, use these exercises to stay healthy and strong throughout your pregnancy and enjoy a healthier baby and a healthier you at the end.
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