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May I? Exercise for Our Mothers-To-Be



The do’s and don’ts of being a mother-to-be make up quite a long list: don’t eat raw eggs (that means any more sneaking the cookie dough), don’t go skiing, and do eat all your fruits and vegetables.  But what are the dos and don’ts for expecting mothers when it comes to exercising?  Are you wondering “may I?” when it comes to staying physically fit?

How Physically Fit Are You?

What you can do in terms of exercising during your pregnancy depends on your physical fitness level before you got pregnant.  All it means is if you didn’t exercise regularly before you were pregnant, you shouldn’t take up a rigorous exercise plan as soon as you realize you’re a mom-to-be; however, there’s no need to avoid exercise altogether.  Just start slow, work within your abilities, and try to maintain your physical fitness level during your pregnancy.  If you were regularly exercising before you became pregnant, you should be clear to continue your level of activity.  Just whatever you do, clear it with your doc first.

Benefits of Exercise for the Pregnant Ladies

Sources are always spouting off the benefits of exercise, but now the benefits might hold a little more value if you’re having a tough pregnancy.  What exactly does it do for you?  Exercising while pregnant will help you feel better and look better, it will help you prepare for labor, and it can jump start you getting back in shape much quicker after delivery!  So here are some specific benefits from exercise:

  • Relieves aches and pains (if you’re not feeling them yet, just wait a few more weeks)
  • Relieves bloating, swelling, and constipation
  • Increases your energy that you seem never to have enough of
  • Improves your mood
  • Helps you sleep better
  • May help or prevent gestational diabetes

So What Exercises Can I Do?

Pregnancy doesn’t mean you have to stop all activity.  Here’s a list of activities you can choose from for exercise:

  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Aerobics
  • Cycling
  • Jogging – if you were running before you were pregnant

The activities you should avoid are pretty obvious:

Keep These in Mind:  Easy Guidelines to Follow

When it comes to what you can and can’t do, listen to your body.  Here are some things to remember when you’re working out:  don’t hold your breath, don’t allow your body to get overheated, stay hydrated, and exercise at a level where you can carry on a conversation.  Lastly, always clear up any questions or concerns with your doctor before you begin an exercise program.