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
Belly dance your way to a better birth By Maha Al Musa 'Belly dance for birth' describes the movements of the bellydance in its role as a birthing dance. It is a safe and effective dance expression that supports women throughout pregnancy and labour providing a natural birthing technique that encourages active birth. Middle Eastern Dance has evolved over time, traversed many lands and has been labelled, restructured, extended, and fused with other dance styles. A predominantly woman's dance
Exercise in Pregnancy By Jane Palmer During pregnancy active women often wish to continue with their exercise program. For others, pregnancy signals a time to improve their lifestyle. For these women beginning exercise during pregnancy is desirable. Moderate physical activity has major health benefits. Regular exercise is preferable to intermittent activity. Active Australia recommends that every Australian should accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate intensity physical activity on, at least, most days of the week (usually interpreted as
Pelvic Floor Exercises By Michelle Wright 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 (the tail at the end of your spine) at the back. Openings from your uterus, bladder and bowels all pass through your pelvic
Pregnancy Workout Guide By Jane Palmer The following pregnancy workout guide is an excerpt 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. The following is a list of things to consider when keeping up activities as your baby grows larger and larger: If you’ve a moderate exercise routine, continue on. If you’ve been pretty sedentary, don’t suddenly plunge into
The Yoga Synergy Prenatal DVD Reviewed by Jane Palmer The Yoga Synergy Prenatal DVD features Bianca Machliss and is a DVD featuring an instructed prenatal Yoga Synergy sequence and lecture given by Yoga Synergy's Bianca Machliss at 28 weeks. The DVD also contains slideshows of beginner to advanced postures, information on safe practice and the benefits of yoga during pregnancy. I am always enjoy reviewing DVDs and was looking forward to reviewing this DVD. Yoga seems to be very popular with
By Yvette Barton 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. There are many benefits associated with staying active and having regular exercise in pregnancy. These include: Increased body awareness, endurance, and sense of wellbeing Improved posture, muscle tone and body image A
Exercise During Pregnancy Increases Infant Brain Development By Yvette Barton 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. In addition exercise in pregnancy reduces the incidence of preeclampsia and gestational
Pregnancy Yoga By Yvette Barton 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. What is Yoga? Yoga at its origins, is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline. It incorporates breath control, simple meditation, and
The Seven Exercises to Avoid During Pregnancy By Calum Wilson 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. “Research continues to reveal the amazing