Just because you are pregnant does not mean that you should not work on your figure. Do not wait until you give birth, rather keep yourself in shape, and make sure that losing the baby fat will be a cinch. However, be very careful when putting together your exercise schedule, because your baby will be sensitive to certain movements, and you need to make sure that you do not overdo it.
1. Avoid HIIT
You should not let your pregnancy tie you to a bed, because you will need to keep moving in order to stay healthy and strong, and to help the baby as well. Make sure to wear loose clothing every day, and during training, as tight ones can hurt your baby, and can be uncomfortable. Moreover, be sure to warm up before exercising, because jumping right into working out can be bad for your health and it could lead to unforeseen injuries. Lea-Ann Ellison is a mother of three, who weight-lifted in her 8th month of pregnancy.
Although, we’re all responsible for our own choices, still it’s not recommendable to add extra intrabdominal pressure one month before your term.
2. Try Swimming!
One of the best ways to keep healthy is to go swimming, and your baby will enjoy it as well. The water will be soothing and easy to move in, which will make it more comfortable. Moreover, the benefits of swimming are that your body will be able to distribute oxygen better which means that your body will work more efficiently and that your baby will have enough nutrients. As an added bonus, swimming can help you feel weightless for a little while.
3. Drink Plenty of H2O
Staying hydrated even during pregnancy is a big issue, because without water your body cannot work properly and that your baby’s environment will be pleasant and without any problems. Bear in mind that during pregnancy you will be drinking for two, which means that you should increase your water intake. This will be even more important if you are going to work out as well, because you need to make sure that you do not only drink when you are thirsty but regularly, so that you do not dehydrate. When you notice dizziness or fatigue, it could be because you do not drink enough water throughout the day.
4. Do not work too hard
Overheating is a big problem, because it can cause dizziness and nausea which can not only hurt you, but your baby as well. Be sure to exercise only a little at a time, so that you keep your body’s temperature under bay. While it is not very likely to overheat from exercise alone, you should take care if the weather is too hot, or if the gym is being heated too much.
5. Stop if you feel pain
It goes without saying that you should stop exercising or heavy lifting the moment you feel pain or discomfort, and especially during exercise, as you might cause some serious damage not only to yourself, but to your baby too. Keep exercises light and without bending or compressing your abdomen a lot. If you experience chest pain, it is best to call a professional immediately, as it could be a signal for something more serious, and could be connected to your heart or lungs.
6. Bleeding is a concern
If throughout your pregnancy you experience any kind of bleeding, it is important that you do whatever you are doing and that you call the ambulance for emergency care, so that you can avoid causing any serious problems to your and your baby’s health. Be sure not to panic and to calmly ask for help, so that you can get to proper medical care without having to suffer more.
7. Pay attention to a balanced diet
It is of utmost importance that you put together a balanced diet, otherwise you are running a chance to prevent the intake of sufficient nutrients to feed your body. You will experience cravings, and you should not resist them. It is your baby telling you what you need to eat in order to have what you need to be healthy, and to help the baby grow. Do not try to limit your diet because you think that you will gain extra fat, your baby’s health is top priority.
In essence, you can continue exercising while pregnant, but you should make sure that you do light activities and that you do not overdo it. Moreover, pay attention to what kind of exercises you do in which trimester, as it will greatly influence not only your capabilities, but your overall health as well. Before you start anything too strenuous on your body, be sure to get your doctor’s approval, as they will know how to help your workout schedule, and make sure that you are not overdoing it. Keeping an active life is vital for your own and for your baby’s health.
However, since I also suffer from diabetes and Hashimoto's disease, I focus on health aspects of food intake and workout regime.
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