Pregnancy

What workouts should be followed during pregnancy?

Regular exercise throughout pregnancy helps to keep you healthy. It also improves posture and can reduce fatigue and muscular pain common in pregnancy. It is proven that regular exercise helps to prevent gestational diabetes which can develop during pregnancy. It relieves stress and builds the stamina required later for labor and delivery.

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

It is suggested that 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day on week days is undertaken. If you have a medical or pregnancy related condition, avoid exercise or seek advice first from your doctor.

Who should not work out during pregnancy?

Women suffering some medical problems like heart disease, diabetes or asthma are not advised to exercise. It may also be problematic if you suffer from some pregnancy related conditions like:

  • Low placenta
  • Bleeding or spotting
  • Weak cervix
  • History of early labor or previous premature births
  • Threatened or recurrent miscarriage

Consult a doctor before starting an exercise program. He can give you some guidelines based on your medical history.

What are safe workouts during pregnancy?

Almost all exercises are safe as long as you perform them cautiously and never overdo it.  However, you should avoid contact sport.

“Swimming” is the safest and most beneficial activity. Brisk walking, step or elliptical machines, low impact aerobics or indoor stationary cycling are other good activities, but these should be performed under the supervision of a certified instructor. These have a low risk of injury and benefit the entire body. They can be performed until delivery. Usually, tennis and racquetball are safe activities though changes in body balance can affect rapid body movements. Jogging can also be done in moderation, especially by those women who used to jog before pregnancy.

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