Exercising and Pregnancy

Their aren’t many greater changes in a women’s life than pregnancy. She will go through growth of some areas of her body. She will have new pains and aches that she isn’t used to. Unexplained, sudden cravings coupled with fatigue, nausea and emotional ups and downs. How can a women cope with these challenges that she will face during pregnancy? Most women give strict attention to their diet and this is vital. Many, however, are less inclined to think about exercise. Is there a link between exercising and pregnancy benefits? Let us examine what the benefits are, what should be considered before starting an exercise program and what program will work best for you.First, what link is there between exercising and pregnancy benefits? One of the most difficult challenges of pregnancy is the overall fatigue and lack of energy that a women will feel on a daily basis. Exercise is an incredible source of energy and a mood booster. It increases circulation thereby helping to boost the immune system. Have you ever been stressed and went for a jog or played a sport and feel stress relief? Pregnancy is a stressful time. Exercise can be “the pill” to help relieve that stress. Also your baby is dependent on the health of your body so keep it in tip-top shape!

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Second, lets examine what should be considered before beginning an exercise program. Is the exercise high impact or high intensity? How high will my heart rate be when exercising? Will there be rapid or jarring motions, sudden stopping, risk of falling/collisions or holding breath for elongated periods? It is wise to talk to a doctor before starting any exercise program or sports activity to be certain that it doesn’t involve or put your baby at risk. If it involves any of the above than it is wise to not participate. Also a woman will experience frequent nausea and dizziness so this means that sports or other activities requiring balance can be even more difficult or risky.Finally, when considering exercising and pregnancy, ask yourself, “What is the best exercise program for me?” There are, available today, a variety of low or zero impact aerobics, exercise machines and exercise activities. For example swimming or walking is always recommended. Many modern aerobics can be both low intensity and low impact. Talk to a certified instructor to find out what aerobics fit those guidelines. Above all remember that you shouldn’t and won’t be able to do what you could before. Be reasonable with what you expect of your body. Also if you haven’t exercised before pregnancy then don’t start off too intense now. Balance will ensure safety and longevity.

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Think of exercise as something you and your baby can do together. It will give your child the start he or she needs on the path to a healthy lifestyle. Yes, enjoy the benefits now and for two lifetimes, yours and your baby’s.