5 Top Exercise Options for a healthy pregnancy!

Exercising during pregnancy lifts your spirits and prepares you for labor and childbirth, but it’s important to be extra cautious during your workouts.

Exercise during pregnancy can help:

  • shorten the labor process
  • increase the chances of a natural birth
  • decrease the need for pain relief
  • speed up recovery after delivery
  • reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and hypertension
  • decrease the likelihood of preterm labor and birth

Exercise is good for you during pregnancy. You should aim to do both aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking or swimming, and muscle-strengthening exercise, such as pilates or yoga.

Whether you’re a reformed couch potato or a conditioned athlete, following these 5 exercises can keep you – and your baby – healthy and safe.

  1. Walking:
    1. Walking is a great, safe exercise for mums-to-be. It’s an ideal way to make sure that you’re getting the exercise you need in pregnancy.
    2. Brisk walking works your heart and lungs, without jarring your knees and ankles. It’s also a free activity that you can easily incorporate into your daily life, so you’ll be more likely to keep it up.
  2. Swimming:
    1. With the Summer’s heat in full force – it’s down right hot outside! And if you are pregnant, you know that heat and pregnancy DO NOT mix.
    2. One of the Summer’s most popular activities is swimming.  In addition to fun, swimming can provide a plethora of benefits to us preggos.
    3. Following are the 4 benefits of Swimming :
      1. Beat the Heat
      2. Can help reduce Blood Pressure
      3. Stress Relief and Relaxation
      4. Feel Weightless
  3. Prenatal Yoga:
    1. Prenatal yoga is good for overall wellness. It is a form of exercise that also speaks to your pregnancy wellness.
    2. There are many benefits to prenatal yoga including:
      1. Improved sleep
      2. Reduced stress
      3. Increased strength, flexibility and endurance
      4. Decreased lower back pain
      5. Decreased nausea
      6. Decreased headaches
  1. Pilates:
    1. Pilates strengthens your tummy, back and pelvic floor muscles without straining other joints, so it’s a great exercise to do when you’re pregnant.
    2. The main benefit of pilates is that it targets the exact muscles and functions that can be a problem during pregnancy and after birth, in a safe way.
    3. Some research suggests that doing pilates regularly can be as effective as doing pelvic floor exercises.
  2. Hit the Gym:
    1. Getting yourself to the gym may take an extra dose of motivation, but the payoff is huge.
    2. Consistent exercise during pregnancy can minimize aches and constipation, help you sleep better, and lower your risk of gestational diabetes and depression.
    3. You may even end up having a shorter, less complicated labor.
    4. Developing good workout habits during pregnancy will help you get your body back faster after delivery too.

These are our Top 5, hope you get the best of them.

 

Until Next Time,

Team ScioMom

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