Happy New Year! Before its over nearly four million babies will be born in America.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists [ACOG], if these mommies exercise regularly during their pregnancies itll make delivery and recovery afterwards a lot easier.
As glorious as the miracle of birth is, the process itself can be as stressful as it is rewarding. And why not? Youre manufacturing a whole other human being! Regular exercise, pending the approval and advice of your doctor, can help your body cope with the demands made on it - the added weight, muscle strain, backaches, and sleeping discomfort.
Gauge your level of activity on the state of your health before the pregnancy. Being overly ambitious now is definitely not a good idea! If you were rather sedentary before you got pregnant seek help from your doctor or even a personal trainer certified to work with expectant mothers to develop a low-impact exercise regimen for you.
Regular Routine Options
Walking, swimming or water aerobics are great options to get in shape or maintain an optimum level of fitness during this marvelous but challenging experience. A moderate jog or run, even a stationary bike, should also be safe.
A regular routine as many times during the week as you feel safe can improve your posture and help to keep your weight in check. Its also great for your morale. Itll give all those raging hormones something else to gnaw on and boost your mood as well as your stamina. Your heart rate should not exceed 140 beats per minute. Plan ahead and make arrangements to monitor this important vital sign throughout each workout.
If you suffer with Type 1 diabetes, asthma, heart disease or if yours is a high-risk pregnancy, it may be imprudent for you to exercise at all. And regardless of the state of your health, abdominal crunches, strenuous bouncing, jumping, hopping, or deep knee bends should be avoided. And wait until after the big day to resume volleyball, softball and other rigorous sports. Also depending on where you live, you should guard against working out in hot, muggy weather.
Get your doctors greenlight first. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Warm up. Stay hydrated. Monitor your heart rate. Be careful. Have fun. And congratulations! Youre having a baby!