We’ve all seen them before: pregnant mothers performing exercises that make you stop and ask yourself, “Is that safe for the baby?”
Although studies are limited on the question of the level of intensity at which pregnant women can perform, some studies show positive effects such as shorter labor duration, and lower risk of c-section, hypertension, preeclampsia.
Since the late 19th century, scientists and educators encouraged light resistance workouts such as walking and stretching. However, women of the 21st century are paving the way; running marathons six months in to their pregnancy and continuing squatting with dumbbells and bar-bells.
The options are endless when it comes to choosing an activity such as stationary biking, dancing, yoga, Pilates, and stretching and swimming.
Because swimming is low-impact, it enables an effective workout with ease, which can be useful when strengthening loose ligaments that occur due to hormonal changes.
The overall key component to training should be the improvement and maintenance of muscles, which will enable mothers strength in carrying their baby and prevent lower back pain.
Awareness and good judgment is always advised when performing any exercise during pregnancy. Some warning signs to be aware of are vaginal bleeding, breathlessness at rest, dizziness, headaches, chest pain, swelling, and pains in the pelvis, hips, and back.
Expecting mothers should always be aware and “listen to the body” as everyone recommends. It is also important to stay hydrated and avoid hot/humid weather.
The exercising won’t only be beneficial for the time being but will also increase energy levels and make it easier to lose weight after the baby.
It’s recommended that you stretch your muscles before, during and after every exercise regimen. Make sure to get clearance from your doctor before starting any exercise routine.