Friday, November 6, 2020

Exercise While You Are Pregnant

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Are you wondering if it’s safe to do any type of exercise while being pregnant, and what are their benefits? Believe it or not, there are some safe ones out there, and so many uses for doing so. But don’t forget to discuss it with your doctor first before starting any type of exercise. You will need to get clearance from them before doing anything while pregnant, especially if it may pose a risk to both you and your baby. When I was pregnant with my first, I walked every day until a month before giving birth. It felt great, but the further along I became, the harder it was for me. If you get the okay from your doctor, be sure to use your judgment while exercising. Don’t push yourself. Whatever you do, do it in moderation.

Here are some benefits of exercising : 

  • You will maintain a healthy weight gain, which will help you out in so many ways during your pregnancy—fewer chances of getting any health complications that need medical attention during or post-pregnancy.

  • It will help you remove your bowels easily and regularly.

  • You will see your sleeping habits getting better. Many women struggle with sleep problems while pregnant, but doing a little exercise will improve your sleep. 

  • Reduces any amount of stress you may experience. When you get stressed, you release a cortisol hormone, which isn’t right for you or your baby because it can cause serious health complications, such as an early miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight, just to name a few. 

  • It will improve your overall mood, especially if you have mood swings, because it releases those feel-good hormones.

Safe exercises to do while pregnant

  • Remember, first to ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to do any exercises. It is important to get clearance from him or her. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration. Such as your overall health and dependent on what stage you are in your pregnancy. 

  • Go for a brisk walk. If you have always been walking, keep doing it, but start small if you haven’t. You can even ask your doctor how many mins and times a week is appropriate for you. Remember to wear good shoes, always have water with you to stay hydrated. Don’t go walking when it’s hot. 

  • Try prenatal yoga. It helps ease stress, helps you with your sleep and overall health, and gets clearance first from your doctor.

Avoid these Activities 

  • Any contact sport can put you at risk of getting hit in the stomach, such as basketball and soccer.

  • Activities you have a risk of falling—Bicycling, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding, and balancing.

  • Any activity that you can get overheated. Like, “Hot” yoga or pilates.

  • You can also ask your doctor for a listing of activities to avoid.

When to Seek Medical Attention Immediately

  • Remember not to overwork yourself, and stay hydrated.

  • Vaginal Bleeding

  • Feeling dizzy

  • Headaches

  • Any feeling of discomfort just to be on the safe side or pains (contractions)

  • Your baby isn’t moving like he or she usually does during the day.

If you have any tips, you would like to share. Please do in the comments.😊

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