Being pregnant is one of the most beautiful times in a woman’s life. It’s the feeling of loving someone without even knowing them, loving and caring for them more than yourself. However, it is also an extremely difficult time, with emotions going all over the place, leading to mood swings every other hour, depression, anxiety, stress and even panic attacks. This ultimately leads to women stress eating and gaining more weight than they should. It’s recommended to pregnant women to stay physically active and to maintain their weight to ensure an easy delivery, without any complications. So here are some basic and easy tips that pregnant women can follow:
Yoga is a soothing and calm exercise. It not only gives you a great workout, but it also gives you a peace of mind. You should join a yoga class in your nearby gym, or buy a yoga mat and perform it at home using YouTube videos as your teacher. Yoga is good for you as it helps maintain muscle tone, adds flexibility to your body, improves your posture and most of all help to keep you active.
Walking may sound like nothing, but walking briskly while pregnancy is a simple exercise that all women can do, even the lazy ones. Walking for at least 30 minutes every day not only keeps your weight consistent but prepares you to endure the labor pain and childbirth that is yet to come. It gives you the chance to catch some fresh air too while giving your body the workout that it needs, which will help you lessen the chance of any complications. Walking also helps give a woman the strength to carry her growing baby.
Swimming is a full body exercise. It activates every muscle in your body. It may seem dangerous to do whilst being pregnant, but it’s safe as the water helps support the extra weight of the baby. It’s great for the women that are severely stressed, as it has a cooling effect, leading to your mood getting better. It is a low-impact exercise, helping you maintain your weight. (That means less post-pregnancy pounds to shed off!)
Cycling helps reduce stress and cortisol levels in women, hence helping you maintain your blood pressure and sugar levels, leading to a smooth pregnancy. Cycling is completely fine in the first and second trimester of pregnancy, however, you have to a bit more careful in the third trimester. Indoor cycling in the gym is preferred if you’re scared that you may fall and hurt yourself whilst riding outdoor. But you are but comfortable with cycling then go for the treadmill as an alternative to cycling. But make sure the speed of the treadmill must be slow.
Every woman’s favorite! This is a great couple workout that you and your partner can do. It not only gives you a great workout but also revives the romance that may have been missing due your stress of pregnancy. It’s also a mood changer, giving you the chance to dress up and go out, helping to lighten your mood. You can get a cardiovascular workout from dancing to fast music or stretching and toning your muscles to slow music by performing ballet. Choose whichever one is suitable for you (and your baby!)
All in all, what matters the most is that you get off of your butt and move because one way or the other, you HAVE to give your body the physical activity that it needs. Good luck to all the soon to be mommies out there, you’re doing amazing!