Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean that you have to stop exercising.
Regular exercise during pregnancy not only gets you in shape for delivering your baby, recovering and getting your pre-baby body back, but will keep you healthy and feeling great throughout your pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that exercising during pregnancy can give you more energy, relieve leg cramps, constipation and bloating, increase muscle tone, help you sleep better and improve your mood.
It's important to keep safety in mind when exercising during pregnancy.
How Much Exercise Should a Pregnant Woman Do?
How much exercise you do during your pregnancy should depend on your general health, the state of your pregnancy, and how much you were exercising before your pregnancy.
Consult with your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen, and let him know any changes in your exercise routine and if you feel any effects.
If you were very physically active before your pregnancy, you can continue your exercise program, with some modifications, during your pregnancy. If you were not physically active before, but want to exercise during your pregnancy, start slow and don't try to accomplish too much in too short a time.
Things to Keep in Mind for Safe Exercise During Pregnancy:
Recommended Exercises During Pregnancy:
Prenatal yoga can help you release stress and discomfort while teaching breathing and relaxation techniques that can be helpful during delivery.