Exercise is great for pregnant women. Much like it does for everyone else, exercise reduces stress and aches, and improves the moods of expecting mothers. It’s especially great for moms-to-be because it also helps prepare them for delivery, and can reduce the risk of certain medical concerns such as preeclampsia (high blood pressure). Exercise can also make it easier for mothers to get back into shape after they’ve delivered their babies.
Of course, pregnant women should talk to their doctors before beginning any exercise regimen.
Brisk walking can get the heart pumping without putting too much strain on the joints. It’s easy to fit into your schedule, because it can be done anywhere and requires very little in terms of equipment.
Yoga is great for expecting mothers because it strengthens the body without all of the impact that can come from more traditional exercises.
3. Weight training
Weight training is becoming increasingly popular with pregnant women. If you’re used to lifting weights, simply reduce the amount of weight you’re used to lifting and continue to have good form and use slow, controlled movements.
Dancing is a fun way to stay fit — often, it doesn’t even feel like a workout. You can take a dance class or you can just put on some music and rock out at home.
Swimming is ideal for pregnant women because it gives the body a sense of weightlessness. This means that you won’t necessarily feel those extra baby pounds when you’re working out.
6. Indoor cycling
Stationary bikes provide a good workout without having to be on your feet, which is a big relief for some expecting mothers. Often, the handlebars can be moved, which can accommodate a growing belly.
Often, aches and pains are a routine part of any pregnancy. Stretching can help relieve some of these pains, especially back pain, by loosening up the muscles.
8. Low-impact aerobics
Low-impact aerobics provide a solid workout without putting a lot of strain on the joints. Try joining a class for added direction.
Tennis is a fun way to stay fit, and it can be done for much of a woman’s pregnancy. Later on in the pregnancy, it might be difficult to keep your balance, and the sport should be discontinued at this time (you don’t want to risk falling over).