Being pregnant is one of the most important times in your life and your body is going through some major changes. It is still very important however, to keep fit throughout as much of the pregnancy as possible. There are many benefits to keeping fit while pregnant. Some studies suggest that exercising during pregnancy can shorten labor as well as help your body get back into shape after childbirth. But which exercises are suitable during pregnancy? Here are three of safest exercises to do while pregnant.
Yoga is very calming and excellent in maintaining muscle tone while pregnant. Movements are slow, controlled and allow you to adjust your workout as your body grows. Adaptations of poses are designed specifically for pregnant women. Be sure to find a yogi who is experienced in teaching yoga during pregnancy. In yoga, proper breathing is emphasized as poses are correctly held. Proper breathing helps oxygen get to both you and your baby. This can reduce stress, improve sleep, circulation and even skin tone.
Walking is considered one of the safest forms of exercise during pregnancy. This is due to the fact that it can be done at whichever pace is comfortable for you. Walking is excellent for strengthening the cardiovascular system without adding stress to joints or womb. Many times, walking can be continued up to the end of pregnancy. In addition to shortened labor, walking can ease aches and pains common in pregnancy and help you sleep better. Using a walking stick will help maintain stability as your body grows. Be sure to stretch before walking to avoid muscle cramps and injury.
Another excellent exercise during pregnancy is swimming. Swimming uses all the major muscle groups without any impact on joints or tummy. It also improves circulation, endurance and muscle tone. Swimming during the third trimester can offer relief to your back and joints. This is due to the feeling of weightlessness in the water. The breaststroke is particularly beneficial in lengthening chest muscles that may otherwise be difficult to do stretch. If an easier workout is desired, try using a kickboard. You will still be able to burn excess calories without overdoing it.
The key to successfully keeping fit while pregnant is to pay attention to your body. Be sure to check with your doctor or midwife before beginning any exercise while pregnant. Always stop if you become out of breath or if pain develops. Most of all, enjoy your workout so you can enjoy your pregnancy.