It is fast becoming a norm that as soon as a woman is tested positive
for pregnancy, all that is left is for her to relax and start to avoid strenuous activities. This is not a bad idea anyway, but it becomes bad when she also consider some important exercises to belong to the group of strenuous activities also. The reason is that the benefits of these exercises cannot be overlooked. Check out some of the benefits of exercises for pregnant women below;
1. It makes you have a sound sleep.
2. It makes your muscle stronger thereby preparing you for childbirth.
3. It makes it easier for you to get back to shape after childbirth.
4. It enhances your endurance in preparation for childbirth.
5. It reduces body pains.
6. It aids the proper functioning of the heart.
7. It controls your body weight
8. It reduces the effect of gestational diabetes.
There so many other benefits of exercise during pregnancy but the fact remains that – doing some little exercises during pregnancy should not be considered a bad idea except you are beginning to feel uncomfortable with it – at this stage, it is advisable you stop. I believe by now you must have begun to anticipate what kind of exercise would be safe for pregnant women. As you read along you find them here in this article today. Don’t panic yet, the exercises are safe. So let’s get down to some of those exercises that should not be overlooked by pregnant women. Please remember not to overdo any form of exercise during pregnancy to avoid problems.
As easy as it sounds, don’t be surprised to see some pregnant women that would not want to move an inch except they get a vehicle to take them to their destination. Well, that’s fine and that could be due to some reasons best known to them. It may be because vehicles are easily assessable to them or maybe the weather is too harsh for them to move around without vehicles. Whatever the case may be, taking a walk for few minutes during sunset every day will be of great benefit by keeping you fit and strong for childbirth. It doesn’t cost you any equipment for walking except for your pairs of footwear.
Aside from the fun derived from it, swimming also belongs to the list of exercises that should be done by pregnant women. It is one of the safest in which pregnant women don’t even feel the weight of their baby when doing it. Swimming can help reduce low waist pain and swelling in the body, it also exercises your muscle at large.
Dancing as you already know that this requires a form of body movement which response to the rhythm of the music. Dancing is known to get your heart pumping thereby aiding the circulation of blood around the body. This sounds interesting, right? This form of exercise can be performed anywhere – in your sitting room, bedroom, church, party, and any open space as long as the availability of music is not denied.
For those who are willing to build endurance during pregnancy, running should not be a big deal. Running for about 30 to 45mins daily should be done because aside from building up your endurance, it can help you keep fit. Please note that running here, I don’t mean attempting a marathon race and the likes. All you need is to jog or run slowly for a few minutes daily.
There are yoga programs out there meant for pregnant women which will be of great benefit to you if you participate because yoga increases the body flexibility, encourages focus, enhances relaxation and maintains the body shape after childbirth. It is advisable to get a well-trained yoga teacher rather than trying it out yourself to avoid complications.
Having gone through the above, I believe those exercises are very possible for pregnant women and you will also agree with me that they shouldn’t be overlooked. Now let’s get down to some list of exercises that should be avoided by pregnant women so as to be on a safer side.
Avoid any form of contact sport – sports that involves touching and holding. They include football, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, and
Avoid sports that may cause you to fall – horse riding, skating, diving, etc., avoid any form of sport that requires holding your breath, avoid straight-leg toe touching and complete sit-ups, avoid sports in hot weather.
No matter the form of exercise you may be doing, it is advisable you
suspend it when you begin to notice the following symptoms below;
1. When you start having a headache
2. When you start feeling pains in the chest When you start feeling feverish and cold
3. When you start bleeding in your private part.
4. When you start difficulties in walking
5. When you start to have a fast heartbeat rate
6. When you start getting short of breath
In summary to the symptoms above, it is the best option you stop any form
of exercise and see your medical doctor immediately you notice any
form of abnormalities in your body system.
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