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Pregnancy Exercises - Do You Need Them?

May 13, 2008
Pregnancy exercises which can constitute swimming, walking, yoga and also non-strenuous weightlifting prove to be advantageous to the mother and the unborn baby. But it is important to consult a doctor before you start your pregnancy exercises, especially if you are taking any special medication.

Exercise To Reduce Back Pain

Back pain, a common problem among pregnant women can also be reduced through pregnancy exercise. Walking, pelvic rock, mini crunches and bridging, which is done by lying on the floor with knees bent and lifting the buttocks into air can alleviate the pain. While suitable muscular exercises reduce back pain, appropriate body postures and good body mechanics also play a vital role. Avoid standing for a long time and remember to shift sitting positions. Wearing low heeled shoes and taking sufficient amount of sleep and rest are also required. Placing a low stool for resting feet and a lumbar cushion or a pillow to support the back and avoid pain.

Pregnancy Exercises- When, Why And How

Pregnancy exercises can be done 3 - 4 times a week. They should be light, particularly during the first few weeks, as heavy exercises can divert the blood flow from the key areas. For women who already exercise on a regular basis, they should take it a bit easy from now on.

Some reasons why you need for carrying out exercising during pregnancy are:

1. Strain of labor is reduced and so is the recovery time. Pregnancy exercise also increases the stamina you need.
2. It lowers your stress and boosts your confidence and moral strength.
3. Pregnancy exercises also moderates the much speculated postpartum weight loss.
4. It does just what you need, keeps you and your baby healthy.
5. Side effects and symptoms like fatigue, headache, swelling and constipation are reduced with exercising and studies prove the same.
6. Pregnancy exercises have also proved to reduce the rate of the dreaded premature birth by more than 50%.

Do not forget that during pregnancy you need to relax a lot and avoid too much physical strain. Take time to rest occasionally, so you do not feel tired. It is essential to take a nutritional pregnancy diet and drink a lot of fluids before doing exercise.

Women, who exercise, find their delivery easier than the women who do not. Pregnancy exercises are as much beneficial for the baby as for you. It is also important that you play safe and remember to seek a doctor help in case you have any questions. Note down your queries in a pregnancy week by week journal and have a detailed discussion with your doctor during your regular checkups. Go on, enjoy every moment of your pregnancy.
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Pregnancy exercises and pregnancy diet can go a long way to alleviate back pain, a common pregnancy symptom. You should note down any developments over your pregnancy week by week and discuss them with your doctor on a regular basis.
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