Exercise Benefits In Pregnancy

I'm Just Too Tired

I know, you're tired and you really don't feel like doing anything - particularly exercising. After all, this is the first trimester and all you want to do is sleep. That's natural. Your body is undergoing many changes and your hormones aren't sure which way is up. Your back may be aching and your feet may be swollen. However, unless you're experiencing serious complications, sitting around won't help. As a matter of fact, pregnancy can be a great time to include exercise in the changes of your life - even if you haven't exercised in a long time.

Gain Energy By Exercising

Did you know that if you want more energy you can gain it by exercise? It's true. Exercise improves your cardio vascular system and overall health and increases strength. In appropriate amounts, exercise can be of great benefit in decreasing the risk of developing some conditions which seem to be of higher incidence in pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. An added bonus of exercise is that it helps prepare your body for labor by increasing your stamina and strength. Just being in good shape may cause your labor to be shorter and it can take less time to recover from your pregnancy. Interested?

Be Wise

It's important to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. If you've already been exercising, then you've got a head start on things. As a rule, unless you've been engaged in rugged sports which are risky and can pose a danger to you or your baby - such as water skiing, downhill skiing, in-line skating, scuba diving and jumping from airplanes - you are probably okay to carry on with your routine. Check to ensure that your workout is suitable for pregnancy though, and be sure you are not doing exercises which require heavy weights held over the head or strenuous back exercises.

Getting Started

If exercising is something that tires you out just watching, then there are some tips for you to get started. Once you've gotten the okay, then start out gradually and add time each week until you reach about 30 minutes of exercise per day. Dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothing and wear a well fitting support bra to protect your breasts. Avoid overheating, which can be dangerous for both you and your baby - but don't be afraid to break a sweat. Drinking lots of water will help to keep your body well hydrated and cooled. If you're not feeling particularly well, don't exercise that day and listen to your body.

Staying Motivated

Staying motivated can be ensured by doing things you enjoy. If you like to walk, find a buddy and walk every day that you're able. Use a headset to listen to music or a book on disc while you're exercising. Try taking a class, there are a lot of them available at fitness centers and hospitals that are specially designed for pregnant women.

Use your pregnancy as your motivation to begin an exercise program. The benefits are worth the effort.

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