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Pregnancy, Diet And Exercise - What Should I Know About Pregnancy And Exercise?

Aug 18, 2007
During pregnancy it is in fact healthy for expectant women to exercise provided it is done in the proper manner.

Mild exercise appropriate to the various stages has several advantages.It helps to strengthen the pelvic muscles,reduces mood swings that expectant mothers commonly experience and also keeps the circulatory system healthy.If done in the proper manner exercise can also help lessen the severity of backaches,improve sleep and daily stretching helps keep the joints more flexible and firm.

A moderate work out helps to release endorphins that elevate the mood and help to burn up the anxious energy leading to more relaxed sleep patterns.It also helps to strengthen the back,thigh and buttock muscles that improve posture and relieve pregnant women of headaches.

The exercises in particular that are appropriate to most expectant mothers are swimming ,spinning and pelvic straighteners.

Swimming in fact is good for the cardiovascular system.It helps to regulate the endocrine system and keeps muscles and joints supple.Most pregnant mothers enjoy this exercise because it helps relax their back and leg muscles which is a great source of relief during later stages of pregnancy.

Swimming also has the added benefit as in this way one gets to exercise the entire body in a low impact manner.Knees get some rest from constantly carrying the additional weight and proper breathing exercises can also be done while wading in between laps.

Spinning is also a very effective exercise provided it is done in the proper manner.Like swimming it aids the cardiovascular system and also works the leg, stomach and pelvic muscles.Thus it helps to keep the legs in shape to prevent falls.It also helps two particular muscle groups that will be needed during delivery.

Even a 10 minute routine on a stationary bike is more than enough exercise but one should stop immediately at the first signs of dizziness, bleeding , intense pain or fluid loss.

'Kegels' is also another commonly recommended exercise for soon to be mothers.It helps develop the very muscles that aid in child birth.

To find the right muscles you need to focus on , pretend to halt urination in the middle of elimination.Squeeze those specific muscles for a few seconds and then relax them.However keep in mind that during this exercise one should not tighten the muscles of the legs or stomach.This helps to zero in on the muscles that need to be worked on.It is important to breathe in and out normally and regularly during any exercise.

Always have a long detailed chat with your physician before attempting to do any exercise while pregnant.Get all the answers you require in order to stay fit but in a safe and healthy way.

If you find that any activity produces heart palpitations,back pain or dizziness stop immediately.Do not be obsessed with weight loss during pregnancy .The main aim is to keep fit in order to maximize your overall mental and physical health.
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