This is a short article about safe exercises for pregnant mothers.
You may want to know what are safe exercises during pregnancy. Well, first of all, if you did not exercise prior to pregnancy, you need to consult your physician before beginning an exercise program now.
And even if you did exercise before your pregnancy, you should still consult your physician as there can be times when it is unsafe to exercise. This will all be covered in what follows. It is generally agreed that exercising during pregnancy is one of the best ways to reduce stress, increase your well-being, decrease fatigue, and can help with decreasing backaches.
The general rule of thumb, though, is that you do not overdo it. In other words, you should not be exercising at your pre-pregnancy level. In any case, your physician should always be informed of anything you plan to do to ensure that it is safe for you and your baby before doing it.
Safe exercises during pregnancy include moderate walking, swimming, low-impact aerobics taught by a person knowledgeable in pregnancy-related issues, stationary bicycling, and elliptical machines. Because your joints are more lax and prone to strains during pregnancy, you want to avoid any exercises and activities that require quick movements.
Jarring movements that can occur in contact sports are not advised as they could also potentially damage the placenta. Skiing, skating, and curling are few examples of activities that are not advised during pregnancy. The reason it is important to consult with your physician is that some pregnant women should not be exercising during pregnancy.
Some of these include:- women with serious medical problems. Ex) asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.- women who experience bleeding and spotting- high risk of miscarriage, or past medical history of giving birth prematurely- a cervix that is weak.
In summary, it is always advisable to speak to your healthcare practitioner to determine safe exercises during pregnancy for you to be doing. Also, make sure you sleep well at night. I suggest that you use a pregnancy pillow. See my pregnancy pillow top picks here.