Exercise is very important during pregnancy. Exercise helps to boost energy level. It helps to relieve backaches and strengthen the muscles of back, butt and thighs. It also reduces constipation.
Always talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Once you're ready to get going:
- Start gradually. Even 5 minutes a day is a good start if you've been inactive. Add 5 minutes each week until you reach 30 minutes.
- Dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothes and wear a supportive bra to protect your breasts.
- Drink plenty of water to avoid overheating and dehydration.
- Skip your exercises if you're sick.
- Opt for a walk in an air-conditioned mall on hot, humid days.
- Above all, listen to your body.
What exercise can I do?
This depends on your interest. Normally women are advised to go walking as the least strenuous exercise. Some women try yoga, swimming, water aerobics or dancing.
Whatever is the type of exercise the important thing is to pay attention to your body’s warnings. Do gradually increase the duration of exercise or the intensity. Your energy level will greatly vary from day to day. As the baby grows there is a decreased ability to breathe in more air during exercise as the lungs are pressed so you are forced to stop.
What Exercises Should I Avoid?
Pregnant women should avoid weight training and sit-ups after the first trimester.
Avoid any activities that include:
- A sudden change of direction.
- A risk of abdominal injury.