WOMB BLOG – EXERCISE DURING PREGNANCY
News of pregnancy is a moment of joy, excitement, anticipation and anxiety for the Mothers-to-be and their families. There is a expectation and commitment to do everything perfectly for the growth and development of the baby. In such circumstances the question of exercise for the expectant mothers often arises. The first step to answer this question is to visit the doctor and take in recommendations depending on various factors. Prescribing exercise is usually the normal thing but it can be detrimental under some situations which only the Doctor can suggest after a through clinical evaluation.
Benefits of Exercise during Pregnancy
Exercise during pregnancy has its physical and emotional benefits. For example, a good exercise program may help relieve common problems associated with pregnancy, such as excessive weight gain, swelling of your hands and feet, leg cramps, varicose veins, insomnia, fatigue and constipation. An expectant mother can look forward to improved posture and circulation, reduced backaches, and increased mood and energy, along with the feeling that she is doing something good for herself and her baby.
Pregnant women who are advised exercise should engage in at least 30 min of light physical activities on most days if not all the days.
Some of the recommended exercises for the First Trimester are
- Walking- Taking a walk doesn’t strain the joints and muscles
- Jogging – Helps in building endurance and strengthening the heart
- Pilates – Can develop core strength, also improve balance and lower back pain
- Stationary Cycling – Helps in building stamina and strengthening the lower body
- Yoga – Has the ability to tone muscle and improve flexibility without placing stress on tender joints
Whether you’ve got questions about exercising while pregnant and what to expect during each trimester, or anything related to pregnancy and childbirth Womb Hospital is always there to serve you.