Exercise during pregnancy is super important. Staying active during pregnancy can give you more energy, helps you to sleep better,...
Exercise during pregnancy is super important. Staying active during pregnancy can give you more energy, helps you to sleep better, may increase your odds of an easier birth experience, allows you to stay or get fit, and makes it easier to lose that baby weight after the birth. All that said, you do need to be careful when exercising during pregnancy. Some general safety guidelines include:
- Always check with your midwife or doctor about a new exercise routine. If you already exercise, talk to your prenatal provider about this at your first appointment.
- Note when you SHOULD NOT exercise.
- Stay active on a schedule. You don't need to set the alarm for 7am each day, and pop out jogging, but exercise is more beneficial when done regularly, say, four times a week then it is when done once or twice every two weeks.
- Don't do exercises that require you to lay on your back for long periods of time after the 4th month. UNLESS your health care provider specifically gives you an exercise like this - which may happen if you're on bed rest.
- Avoid jerky or jarring movements, especially to your belly and waist area.
- Don't exercise outdoors in extreme weather - ice is slick and you could fall while the summer sun is too hot and you may get overheated.
- Stay hydrated!!! Yes, three exclamation points. Drink lots of water - this one is a biggie.
- Always cool down after exercise with about 10 minutes of slow movements and gentle stretches.
- If you see any major warning signs STOP exercising and call your prenatal provider.