Exercising during pregnancy is very good for both mother and child. Apart from the physical benefits of exercising, it is also beneficial to the mother mentally as it de- stresses her and relaxes her frayed nerves. It helps your baby to cope with stress involved during labor. As a mother you are more likely to tackle post partum stress effectively, when you exercise regularly. Unless advised by your doctor, every mother can indulge in some light exercise during pregnancy. It is completely safe for you and your baby to indulge in a light exercise during pregnancy. It is proved that mothers who exercised regularly had little or no complication during labor and delivery. It is said that exercise reduces the length of labor.
Walking, swimming and yoga are some of the popular exercise activities during pregnancy. If going to a fitness class is a difficult object to achieve, you can start by simply walking. Before you start walking make sure to invest in good quality shoes. These should be able to give you that extra care and comfort.
Swimming is also a very good choice for those involved in prenatal exercise as these are often considered low impact exercises. Prenatal yoga has become very popular among mothers, because of its numerous advantages. You can also combine it with a cardiovascular exercise like walking. Yoga ensures that you stay fit, while being helpful for the growth of the fetus and also improves blood circulation in the mother. It is also helpful as it encourages deep breathing. The breathing techniques help you to take in air slowly though your nose and exhale it completely until the stomach is compressed.
However before you start an exercise regime; make sure you have spoken to your doctor about it. Ask him clearly about the dos and don’ts in your case. Don’t just buy pregnancy exercise dvd and start practicing pregnancy yoga poses from videos. Because though prenatal exercise program can provide health benefits, there are some precautions to take before you start.
There are a number of Pregnancy Exercise Classes that focus solely on prenatal exercises. However it is important to choose an instructor with care. Before you start on an exercise routine make sure you inform the instructor about the condition of your health. If while exercising, you experience pain, stop immediately. Also the clothes that you wear should be loose fitting and of a material that keeps you dry and cool.
Whatever the technique used the benefits of exercise on the health and mind of the mother cannot be ignored. As said earlier, prenatal exercise helps a mother to cope with postpartum stress effectively. Symptoms like headache, fatigue, swelling and constipation can be avoided. Also, studies have proved that prenatal exercise improves the risk of premature birth by about 50%. It also helps a mother to handle the weight gain during pregnancy. The back pain experienced by many is also taken care of in women who exercise regularly during pregnancy.
However there are a few things to keep in mind before exercising. It is advised to avoid exercises involving rigorous bouncing, lying on your back after the 20th week and even poor posture. Also try and avoid feeling dehydrated.
So remember if you are looking for a stress free labor and a speedy post partum recovery, exercise regularly. It benefits not only you, but your baby as well!