The benefits of exercise are manifold. A gentle workout routine relieves some of the aches and pains that are inevitable in pregnancy. It also helps you to prepare your body for labour by strengthening your muscles and building endurance and makes getting your body back in shape after delivery much easier. Exercise also alleviates physical discomforts like legs cramps and constipation. Optimum exercise during the day can also help you sleep better – a big plus for women suffering from pregnancy-related insomnia. However, when exercising it is important to exercise the right way during pregnancy. By Dr ArunaKalra, Director and Senior Gynecologist Surgeon, CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram lists few tips every pregnant woman must follow while exercising. Also read about prenatal exercises for first, second and third trimester of pregnancy.
1. Slow it down. You have to prepare your body for labour without putting yourself or the growing baby under stress. This means that you do not have to lift weights and avoid activities that put you at risk of falling like cycling, running, tennis, etc. Make sure you also never exercise to the point of exhaustion. If you can’t hold a conversation while exercising, it indicates you need to slow down.
2. Don’t let your body get too hot. This means you must skip the sauna and jacuzzi as well. This is because it will make you uncomfortable due to excessive body heat. Moreover, it can improve the blood circulation to various parts of the body, including the uterus, which can lead to complications. Also, besides wearing comfortable clothes, wear sports shoes with a good grip, as well as a fitted sports bra that will offer firm and gentle support.
3. Avoid dehydration. Drink two full glasses of water about two hours before you exercise and keep topping up your fluid intake every 10 minutes or so. This not only helps you to stay hydrated but also improves your overall health. Hence, make sure to up the intake of fluids during pregnancy. Here’s more on exercise during pregnancy: 5 must-follow tips for every woman.
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Published: February 9, 2018 11:01 am | Updated:February 9, 2018 11:24 am