Best Pregnancy Exercises

Best Pregnancy Exercises

August 1, 2017

Best Pregnancy Exercises

Best Pregnancy Exercises

So what’s the best kind of exercise for you and your growing belly? The kind that you’ll do. On the regular. The ob-gyn professional group recommends mild to moderate exercise 150 minutes a week. Make this a habit since it lowers your risk of all the bad things, and makes you feel better and sleep better, too.

Where to start? Here are my top three ways to break a sweat when expecting:

  • Swimming: Floating is so great when you weigh an extra 25 pounds. Water aerobics or swimming laps is an ideal way to get strong for labor, not stress out your joints, and manage pregnancy weight gain. Check out your community pools.

  • Prenatal Yoga: Bring on child’s pose! Find a class or two that you can go to every week with an instructor with prenatal yoga training. (Fringe benefit: future mama friends.) If you don’t have a local spot, watch some free online prenatal yoga videos or get a subscription to the Beautiful Belly series from DailyBurn.

  • Brisk Walking: This is not a joke. It’s one of the easiest ways to stay active as your pregnancy progresses. Whether it’s thirty-minutes around the neighborhood in the morning or some time on the trusty treadmill, work it in.

How do you exercise safely? Two things to keep in mind.

  1. The hormone relaxin is in overdrive during pregnancy. It helps loosen your hips for labor, but it doesn’t discriminate. Just like it’s loosening up your feet, it’s also going to work on all the other ligaments and joints in your body. You are more prone to overextending when you’re pregnant, so don’t push yourself in that yoga class.

  2. Overexertion can be risky because it can lead to lack of blood flow to the fetus. If you were already very active before you got pregnant, maintaining your pre-pregnancy workouts should be a-okay.

Is there anything you shouldn’t do? No contact sports or fall-prone activities, so you can say goodbye to your weekly football game. As with most things pregnancy, talk to your midwife or doc about your particular situation if you have concerns.

If you need some more motivation/prenatal guilt trip, there’s evidence that your baby will like to exercise more if you are active when you’re pregnant. So there’s that.

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