Do exercise and pregnancy go together? The answer is YES! Staying active and having regular exercise in pregnancy offers a lot of benefits. Regular exercise will help you keep fit and help avoid pregnancy complications like preeclampsia and diabetes. Exercise will also help you keep your weight gain under control and can shorten labour.
The level of exercise you can do depends on your fitness level prior to pregnancy. So, if you ran frequently before you found out you were pregnant and you don’t have any pregnancy complications, there’s no reason why you should stop as long as you do some sensible modifications to your training program. Make sure you talk to your midwife or doctor about exercise and pregnancy. Not all exercises are suitable for pregnant women – so seek professional advice early.
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Exercise and Pregnancy Articles
The Seven Exercises to Avoid During Pregnancy
"With more women than ever choosing to stay active and fit during pregnancy, pre and post natal specialist Calum Wilson, author of “Pregnancy and Beyond! A Practical Guide to Exercising During Pregnancy”, warns that while pregnancy is a great motivation to get healthy, it is important for every mum-to-be to remember that there are certain exercises that should be avoided during this time."
"While it may not have been so in the past, it is now commonly accepted that exercising during pregnancy is just as important as exercising when not pregnant. Obviously there are many different routes a woman can take when choosing an exercise regime during pregnancy. A popular form worth considering is pregnancy yoga." This article by Yvette Barton explains everything about yoga in pregnancy.
Exercise During Pregnancy Increases Infant Brain Development
"The idea that exercising during pregnancy is good for women is not a new one. An abundance of research has shown that women who exercise regularly during pregnancy experience less in the way pregnancy discomforts, have a shortened active phase of labour, are less likely to need a forceps or caesarean delivery, and recover faster after birth." This article by Yvette Barton explains the benefits of exercising during pregnancy, especially its connection to infant brain development.
Pregnancy and Exercise
"Staying active and having regular exercise in pregnancy offers a lot of benefits. Regular exercise will help you keep fit and help avoid pregnancy complications like preeclampsia and diabetes. Exercise will also help you keep your weight gain under control and can shorten labour." This article by Yvette Barton gives useful advice and tips for exercising whil pregnant.
Pregnancy Workout Guide
The following pregnancy workout guide is an exert from the latest edition of Pregnancy For Dummies
. No matter what your particular exercise regimen may be, keep in mind the basic rules for working out during pregnancy.
Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic floor exercises are an important part of your fitness program. The pelvic floor is a sling of muscles stretching across the floor of the pelvis. Attaching to your pubic bone at the front, the pelvic floor muscles stretch across the floor of your pelvis and attach to the coccyx at the back.
Belly dance your way to a better birth
Belly Dance for Birth' describes the movements of the belly dance in pregnancy and its role as a birthing dance.
Exercise in Pregnancy
During pregnancy active women often wish to continue with their exercise program. For others, pregnancy signals a time to improve their lifestyle.