Yes, exercises & workouts do wonders during pregnancy. They improve sleep, boost mood and reduce aches and pains. They also help keep preeclampsia at bay, and help prevent and treat gestational diabetes. Exercise prepares you for childbirth by building endurance, strengthening muscles, and it makes it easier for you to get back into shape after baby’s arrival.
In fact, exercise is so important that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends exercises & workouts for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, most days of the week, during pregnancy.
The activities below are typically safe for expectant moms, but some may not be best during the last few months of pregnancy. (Make sure to consult your doctor before embarking on any exercise regimen).
- Walking is an excellent cardiovascular exercise for pregnant women. It keeps you fit without jarring your ankles and knees.
- Swimming – Experts say this is the safest and best exercise for pregnant women. It’s ideal because it works both large muscle groups (legs and arms), provides cardiovascular benefits, and allows you to experience a feeling of weightlessness, despite the extra pounds of pregnancy.
- Dancing gets the heart pumping, at a class or in the comfort of your living room. However, avoid twirls, jumps or leaps when pregnant.
- Low-impact exercises & workouts like aerobics tone the body and strengthen the heart.
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