Exercise Pregnant for a More Pleasant Pregnancy
Good news! You’re pregnant! These words warm the hearts of thousands of new mothers to be every day. After the initial elation has subdued, the serious work of being a pregnant women begins. Often, one of the first questions that women ask their doctors is whether or not it is safe to exercise pregnant. The answer to this important question varies from woman to woman.
In order to safely exercise pregnant, it is important to consider two key aspects of any exercise plan – safety and diet. Careful consideration of these concepts can help to produce a happier, and healthier, pregnancy.
Before we begin our discussion of the benefits of exercise for pregnant women, it is important to stress that any exercise plan should be approved by your doctor. It is not safe to exercise pregnant without first consulting a medical expert.
Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby
The benefits of exercising while pregnant are many. Women who exercise pregnant often experience fewer case of constipation, as exercise keeps the intestines functioning properly. It can also help relieve back pain by strengthening the muscles that support the extra weight of your baby.
There are, however, some less apparent benefits for women who exercise pregnant. It’s actually relatively simple; a healthy body that is used to exercise will perform better when physically challenged than one that is not. Giving birth is one of the great challenges of womanhood, and women who exercise pregnant are ahead of the game.
In addition to your body being more physically prepared for the daunting task of giving birth, exercising while pregnant also helps mothers to maintain their self-esteem. Often, pregnancy has a nasty way of turning beautiful, radiant, skin into something less ideal. In women who exercise pregnant, blood flow to the skin is increased, naturally providing the necessary nutrients to keep it healthy and glowing.
Strive for 30 minutes of low-impact exercise per day. It is a good rule of thumb to keep your heart rate below 140 beats per minute.
Eating Healthy for Two
Pregnant women need to watch their diet more than anyone else. The reasons for this should not be surprising. Both mother and baby need the right nutrients to develop properly.
Think about is this way: if an athlete must eat healthy foods to maintain his or her body’s ability to perform a required exercise, so too does a mother. Except, in the case of mothers to be, they’re not just eating properly in order to exercise, they’re eating properly to exercise pregnant. This difference here should be obvious.
You’ve just given birth to a healthy baby boy or girl. All of the hard work, especially exercising while pregnant, has paid off. Everything is right with the world as you marvel at the miracle of new life. Everything except… your weight.
All new mothers struggle with the same difficult task, losing their baby weight. The solution to this dilemma is not nearly as complex as many women make it out to be. Diet and exercise are just as important now as they were during pregnancy. With a little effort, your baby weight can vanish.
When you exercise pregnant, it is recommended that you tone down your workouts to ensure safety. Not anymore! You can up the intensity of your workouts to shed your baby weight faster. Combine your workouts with a healthy diet, and you’re on your way to a slimmer you!
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