Should you exercise during pregnancy?
If you already follow an exercise routine then, providing your GP agrees, there is no reason why you shouldn’t’ continue. Exercise strengthens and tones muscles, some of which you'll be using during your labour and birth. It also increases the circulation of blood between you and your baby. Pregnancy Exercises decrease many of the discomforts you may experience during pregnancy (such as backache), improves your energy levels and helps you to feel good emotionally. For the first few weeks of a new programme you should exercise in short sessions, up to 3 times a week. Start with a warm-up, followed by 15 minutes of aerobic activity and finish with some simple stretches and breathing exercises.
While exercise is great for you and your baby, there are a few precautions that you should take.
Here are some tips:
And remember, always check with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise routine during pregnancy.
You can perform these two easy exercises each day to prepare your muscles for the big job of giving birth.Pelvic floor exercises
These can strengthen the muiscles that support the womb, bladder and bowel, which can get stretched during pregnancy and could led to incontinence.
Exercise these frequency by drawing in the back passage as if to avoid passing wind and hold for a count of 10. It can be good to do up to three sets of eight ten each day. While you are exercising make sure to listen to what your body tells you. Pain is usually a signal that something is not right.
Let your doctor know if you experience any discomforts. Visit our healthy pregnancy section for more tips & guide to staying healthy during pregnancy. Also find out ways of avoiding stretchmarks during pregnancy.
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