Let’s Get Physical, Mama!
Author: Shannon Miller
The last thing you may feel like doing while you’re pregnant is exercising.
But there are actually many benefits to getting (or staying) physically active while you are expecting.
Being active can help an expectant mother with:
- Mood swings
- Aches and pains
- Easing the process of labor
- Getting you back into pre-baby shape much quicker
It’s important to remember that there are certain precautions you need to take during your pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about these before beginning or continuing any exercise regimen. After you are cleared by your doctor to do so, try engaging in moderate-level aerobic activities for 2.5 hours per week.* And consider these tips for enjoying a safe exercise regimen while pregnant:*
- Take it easy! If you weren’t avidly exercising before your pregnancy, start slowly; spread your activity out over the course of the week.
- Matters of the Heart. Choose activities that get your heart going. (not too fast – check with your doctor to find out what your heart rate should be during exercise.) Some of my favorite exercises during pregnancy were walking, swimming, elliptical machine…and, of course, my Fit Pregnancy DVD!
- Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water before, during, and after working out.
- Break time! If you get short of breath or feel at all uncomfortable, take a rest.
- Stay clear…of activities that put you at risk of falling (i.e. skiing, horseback riding) and activities where you could get hit in the stomach (i.e. tennis, basketball).
So, remember, Mama – don’t ditch the physical activity! Reap the many rewards it has to offer!
Tip: Want something easy to do at home? Check out Shannon Miller Fit Pregnancy DVD!
*Source: “Stay Active During Pregnancy: Quick Tips”, Healthfinder, 16 Mar 2011. http://www.healthfinder.gov/prevention/ViewTool.aspx?toolId=29.