Make sure you exercise while pregnant. This will keep your body fit and help burn off any extra calories you may be taking in during your day. By the way, there are a number of activities you can enjoy doing while pregnant. You may not be climbing mountains but there are ways to stay fit. So I will share the three best exercises that you should try during your pregnancy. Of course, consult with your doctor to get clearance before you begin any new exercise regiment.
First, the easiest one is just walking. Consider taking a walk with your significant other or friend to share some quality time together. You can walk right up to the day you deliver as long as you pace yourself and listen to your body. You can still do a variety of intervals during your walks where you can increase the speed, increase the stride, or increase the step rate. On the days where the energy seems really low, and there will be plenty of those, I found a light walk usually will give me a boost in mood and will actually help me feel better. During all my walks I use the Garmin Vivofit to not only track my heart rate to be sure I am in zones 2-3, but also to monitor my calorie burn, and the number of steps I take. It becomes a bit of a fun game I like to play while walking.
The second exercise that is terrific for the body while being pregnant is swimming. This can be gentle on your joints and take the weight off of your back. The last trimester of pregnancy can make being in the water feel a little strange. You may feel you are having a harder time taking a breath or your belly isn’t sitting where it normally does. Feel free to grab a kick board or an aqua jog belt if you feel your buoyancy is off.
One of my favorite activities I have done throughout both pregnancies is yoga. I would recommend you try to find yoga classes that are specifically for prenatal yoga. Classes that are specific for pregnancy are great because the stretches are often modified to keep you safe. As your body continues to grow, you will notice the changes in your actual flexibility and possibly a change in the ease of your breathing. These issues are all addresses in prenatal yoga classes. In the past, I have participated in regular yoga classes until about 6-7 months, and then really enjoy embracing the modifications of the pre natal yoga. Yoga can help you stay limber during the later part of your pregnancy, increase blood flow and oxygen through the body, and can help you be less sore over all.
Lastly, light to moderate weight lifting during pregnancy is a great way to stay toned and strong. I would recommend trying to find a trainer who has worked with pregnant women in the past to assist you. As you get further along during your pregnancy you may lessen your weights because using a heavier weight can elevate the heart rate at a very high rate, and that is not recommend in the third trimester. A gradual increase of the heart rate is fine, and monitoring the heart rate to keeping it within your “Zone 2 or Zone 3” of your maximum heart rate is what is recommended by the surgeon general. It is ok to slightly lessen your weights and you can increase your repetitions to get the same workout.
Pregnancy can be really tough on a woman, as the body goes through so many changes. Try very hard to stay active during your pregnancy. This will help you during labor and also post pregnancy. By incorporating activity throughout your pregnancy it will also help you return to your normal and healthy pre baby weight. Remember slow and steady while exercising will keep you and your baby healthy and happy.
I would be HONORED if you would consider doing any/all just ’cause you’re so darn fabulously sweet 🙂