Exercise and pregnancy

January 15, 2018

Exercise and pregnancy

Contrary to what many women think, exercise during pregnancy does not impair the development of the baby and, instead, improves physical fitness.

Any sport or aerobic activity such as cycling, swimming or brisk walking can make the heart beat harder and can pump more blood to the body, increasing stamina. Doing sport allows you to feel better physically and mentally and makes it possible to stretch your muscles, maintain belly balance, burn calories and reduce back pain. In addition, it helps to regain figure after pregnancy.

Pregnant power walking

The first step

Before beginning any routine, consult the doctor, who must give the approval. Then, set a routine and start slowly to adapt the body and avoid injury. When starting each workout, it is important to perform a warm-up to ensure that the heart and muscles will not be recharged. Afterwards, a series of stretches should be made to relax the joints, not requiring too much, because they are softer than normal and an injury can occur. When finished, it is fundamental to do a period of relaxation so as not to stop abruptly, avoiding possible dizziness or tachycardia. It is also important to consume fluids to compensate for fluids lost through perspiration.

Choose an exercise

The options for exercising during pregnancy are diverse. Swimming is a sport advisable as it allows to develop resistance, flexibility and muscle tone. In addition, it is very relaxing because the water holds the extra weight that has been gained. Riding a bike is also helpful and helps tone the muscles of the body. The simplest alternative is walking, which can easily be included in the daily routine and does not require more effort. When selecting the type of exercise you should be careful. It is not advisable to choose sports with a high risk of impact, such as squash or horseback riding, and also in those who need to be long in the air, because it can compromise the arrival of oxygen to the uterus.

Other Alternatives

Activities such as yoga, the Pilates method and relaxation exercises are also helpful and help improve flexibility. In addition, they provide a closer rapport between the mother and the baby in gestation and serve to learn to control the breathing. Something very important, it is not necessary to leave the home to practice them.

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