Being pregnant shouldn’t keep you from exercising. In fact, there are many good reasons to maintain your level of fitness during pregnancy. Studies have shown that keeping up a moderate level of activity will help you feel better not only during pregnancy but afterward as well. Use the following guidelines to help you stay fit during your pregnancy.
No matter what type of workout you’re doing while pregnant, you should always be aware of your breathing. While this is good advice at all times, it is even more critical when you are pregnant. First off, you should avoid intense exercise that leaves you out of breath. This means that the weights you use to train with should be lighter than you normally use and your cardio sessions shouldn’t be too intense. Breathing hard can cause pressure to your abdominal region and lessen the amount of oxygen to the fetus. Remember, you’re not trying to improve your fitness level during this time, only maintain it. You need to avoid doing too much and straining yourself and the general rule is to ensure that your breathing is level when you exercise.
Exercise can be very beneficial during pregnancy but there are certain movements and positions to avoid. For one thing, you shouldn’t do exercises that make you bend from the hips, or lifting weights or any heavy objects over your head. Overhead presses should be avoided, for example, if you’re lifting weights while pregnant. You should also avoid doing exercises that target the abdominal region. You will also want to avoid movements where you’re lying flat on your stomach or back. Many exercises that can be done while standing or sitting are safe to do during pregnancy, although it may sound like you can’t do anything.
It would be irresponsible of you not to be careful and take some precautions, no matter how good weight training is for you when you are pregnant. In principle, you want to avoid exercising with heavy weights. Clearly, everyone’s definition of heavy differs according to their strength and their training history. You should be doing more reps with dumbbells that are lighter than what you are used to. This approach will help you to prevent any injury while ensuring that all your muscle groups are getting a workout. Weight training during pregnancy isn’t meant to make you stronger or increase your fitness level as the goal is to maintain them.
There plenty of reasons you should exercise during your pregnancy and you should adhere to a workout designed to your particular situation, unless you have a medical condition that prevents it. Both mother and child will benefit from regular exercise, especially since it is excellent at reducing stress. You can reduce the intensity of back pain and joint issues with body sculpting and weight training, which will also help keep your muscles functioning properly. The benefits we’ve covered are a few of the reasons doctors now regularly advise their pregnant patients to engage in some form of exercises.