Pregnancy is a wonderful experience for mothers to be. But, you don’t have to experience all the usual symptoms that pregnancy often brings. There are some safe and easy exercises to do when you’re pregnant. Why should you exercise during pregnancy? Exercise helps ease backaches, minimize fatigue and reduce labor pains.
As with any form of exercise, make sure you stretch. Don’t over stretch your body during pregnancy, but stretch your muscles to a comfortable level. It’s important to keep your heart rate level below 140 beats per minute. If you get too hot during your workout, stop and cool down. Your body will produce more heat because of the increased blood flow. It’s important to remember not to overheat your body—it may induce a miscarriage. Keeping track of your pregnancy week by week will help you judge the best time during your pregnancy to workout.
Taking a brisk walk is a good workout for a pregnant woman. Utilize the “talk test” to ensure you’re not overworking your body. The talk test is speaking normally without having to take a deep breath. This will let you know if you’re walking at the proper speed. Swimming is another great workout for pregnancy. Being suspended in the water helps ease your joints. Performing cardio exercises in water is easier to do. Swim for twenty minutes per day at least five times a week. Avoid hot tubs, however. You don’t have to exercise alone. Some women find that joining a class makes exercising fun to do. Good and safe pregnancy exercises help keep you—and your baby—in good health.