Pregnancy is an amazing time, full of excitement and anticipation. As a Mom-to-be, you have the very important job of caring for the little being growing inside of you. You also have the job of taking care of yourself! This means getting lots of rest, eating right and getting adequate exercise.
Can I work out during my pregnancy?
There are a lot of myths out there surrounding exercise and pregnancy. With some exceptions, exercise is perfectly fine during pregnancy; in fact, it is recommended. If you are already active, you may be worried that your pregnancy will limit your activities.
For the most part, this is not the case. If you are not currently active, you may be concerned about starting any kind of exercise. While this may not be the time to start training for a marathon, you can certainly engage in a healthy level of activity to help you stay fit during pregnancy.
Most women are concerned about weight gain, as well as other physical discomforts associated with pregnancy. Exercise can help alleviate and prevent many of the discomforts of pregnancy. Although weight gain is normal and important during pregnancy, excessive weight gain can create problems. Increased back and leg pain, swelling and other problems can arise.
Should I talk to my doctor before working out?
It is very important that you communicate with your doctor during this time. Although physical activity is generally safe and recommended during pregnancy, there are exceptions. If your pregnancy is considered high-risk, your doctor may advise you to limit your activity. Always consult your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise program, and find out if there are any activities you should not be engaging in.
What kinds of exercises are good during pregnancy?
Walking, swimming, low-impact cardio and light weights are all good ways to keep yourself healthy and fit. If you already have an established workout routine, get the green light to continue with your program from your doctor. As the pregnancy progresses, you may need to modify your routine.
If you are new to fitness, you may be hesitant to start exercising. Again, check with your doctor first. You aren't going to want to start a strenuous, high-intensity workout right now, but you can certainly exercise. Light weights to strengthen and tone your upper body, walking and stretching are all good ways to stay in shape.
Some things to look out for:
As your pregnancy progresses, you may need to modify your activities. Your growing baby bump can make even the most coordinated women lose their balance. Fatigue and dizziness can also be a problem. It is important to really listen to your body. Now is not a good time to push yourself. If you become tired, dizzy or short of breath, you need to stop.
Don't work out alone. Grab your partner or a friend. Work out with a personal trainer. If it isn't already obvious that you are pregnant, of course, let your trainer know.
Who can help me train during my pregnancy?
It is absolutely possible to maintain your fitness during pregnancy. Not only will doing so make for a more comfortable and healthy pregnancy, but it will also make it easier to return to your pre-pregnancy weight. If you want to exercise during pregnancy, speak with personal trainer Ralph Roberts. He has experience working with clients who are pregnant, and can customize a workout routine based on your health, pregnancy and other needs. After you've had your baby, Ralph can help you lose that baby weight and get back in shape, too. Contact Ralph today to learn more about working out while pregnant.
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