Activity or Exercise During Pregnancy
Activity or Exercise during pregnancy will depend on how active you were before you got pregnant and the health issues you may have earlier.
People may say that being pregnant is a time to rest. You may often hear them saying:
- Don’t bend
- Don’t sit on the floor
- Don’t climb stairs
- Don’t drive
- Don’t carry your first born
But all the above-mentioned restrictions are wrong.
If your pregnancy is uncomplicated, it is actually much healthier for you and baby to stay active. Too much time sitting down can increase weight gain, loss of fitness, general aches and pains and increase the risk of diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
Some Tips before you start (activity or exercise during pregnancy):
- If you were not into doing exercises before you got pregnant start slowly – start with household simple chores.
- Begin with a 15-minute session every alternate day and gradually increase to 30 minutes sessions four to five times a week.
- Do something you enjoy.
- Climb the stairs instead of using lift.
- When you are out for shopping, carry your bags yourself – this will help you in preparing your arms for carrying your new born after delivery.
- Gardening is always a good exercise. Sitting and duckwalking will use all your muscles.
- Walk often. Drop your children to school, nursery or pre-school. Take your dog an extra walk.
- Carry out house work with your favourite music playing. The baby will like this too.
- Dancing is always an enjoyable exercise.
- If you attend an exercise class, yoga or dance, you need to inform the instructor how many weeks pregnant you are. Remember to warm up before and cool down afterwards. And to keep yourself hydrated.