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Exercising During Pregnancy Has Become More Than A Medical Suggestion

The view on women and what they can and cannot do during pregnancy has changed drastically in even just the past decade. Everything from what they should be eating, to how long they should stay at work has been debated at great lengths, with various medical professionals and pregnancy experts coming up with a variety of different answers.

One of the things that have seen great adaptation throughout the past ten to twenty years is nutrition and exercise while pregnant. For many the train of thought was focused toward the concept that while women were pregnant they should be resting, moving as little as possible, and eating whatever they had a craving for. This sometimes resulted in problematic pregnancies, and although the world may not have recognized it for what it was at the time, it also resulted in babies who were born less than healthy as well.

Your Baby And Your Body

When pregnant, the fetus derives all health benefits and nutrients from the mother, and this includes more than just the vitamins and minerals he or she absorbs through your diet. There is no guarantee as to whether a woman will have a healthy, problem free delivery, but the chances of success are certainly multiplied when she has taken care of her body, prepared for labor and delivery, and has in turn cared for her child’s wellbeing as well. Medical News Today reports: “Maintaining a healthy body and healthy weight gain can help reduce common pregnancy complaints and discomforts like lower back pain, fatigue, and constipation, and can even help with shortening your time during labor by strengthening your endurance.”

Superstitions have suggested that women shouldn’t exercise for fear of miscarrying, but doctor have long since shooed these misconceptions away by explaining that if a woman has been active before pregnancy there is no risk in continuing an active lifestyle during pregnancy. Even women who have not been overly active can find a happy medium by starting off small and working their way up.

Finding The Right Exercise Plan For You

Not every woman has the time or money to create a full exercise regimen when expecting a baby, but there are ways to be more active while saving money and time. Some women choose something simple like walking to kick start their motherhood membership; something as simple as taking your spouse for a brisk walk around the block in the evening after dinner can help relax tight muscles and stretch out your sore limbs. Many women also find that yoga helps with relaxation as well as fitness. While many gyms, fitness centers, and yoga centers offer classes for a charge, you can take part in a yoga program in the comfort of your own home through the use of an online video, DVD, or book. One of the first things learned in these courses is breathing, which is crucial to the labor process. This prenatal yoga breathing is called, ujjayi, as mentioned by Baby Center: “Learning how to do ujjayi breathing primes you for labor and childbirth by training you to stay calm when you need it most. When you’re in pain or afraid, your body produces adrenalin and may produce less oxytocin, a hormone that makes labor progress.”

Many prenatal exercise classes are also showing up amongst personal trainers and other fitness specialists to help expecting mothers better understand what works well with their bodies and how to continue once the baby is born.

Knowing Your Limits

Not every pregnancy is the same, and not every woman will have the same experience, making it difficult to gage which exercise or fitness routine will work best for each individual woman. When this becomes a problem, or you are finding it uncomfortable to perform many of the most popular activities suggested by pregnancy experts, you should certainly ask your doctor for suggestions or local programs that might be beneficial to you. Before you begin any new kind of workout routine you should always check with a medical professional to be certain that you and your baby are both healthy enough to perform certain tasks. Parents.com states: “There are a lot of misconceptions and myths that are still out there. Research shows that you can and should exercise going into pregnancy as well as to the very end.”

You may find it becoming more difficult near the end of your pregnancy to do any strenuous activity, and your doctor may even suggest you avoid it, as it can sometimes prompt early labor. Fortunately, there are plenty of low intensity exercises that you can still take part in, even if you have reached the nine month mark and are nervous about continuing your fitness journey. It can also help to bring your partner into your routine for support, and encouragement; this can also be a good bonding exercise.

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