Pregnancy: Exercises To Do And Avoid

It's true that working out while you're pregnant offers lots of benefits for you and your baby. But there are a small number of exercises or activities that may cause injury or other problems for both mother and child.

During pregnancy, exercise works wonders for both you and your baby. You'll surely get a boost in mood. Apart from that, you'll experience a decrease in many pregnancy symptoms, and a quicker postpartum recovery. In fact, your baby may enjoy a fitter heart, lower BMI, and boost in brain health if you exercise regularly during pregnancy. Warming up and cooling down matters a lot while you exercise during pregnancy.

Warming up ensures your heart and circulation aren't suddenly taxed and reduces the chance of injury. Since stopping abruptly traps blood in the muscles and reduces blood supply to other parts of your body (including your baby), finish with a few minutes of walking and a few minutes of relaxation before taking on the rest of your day.

All you need to do is keep certain points in mind before you start working out during pregnancy. For instance, exercising on your back after 16 weeks, can cause low blood pressure and dizziness for some women.

In addition to that, the weight of the baby can press on a major blood vessel and reduce the blood flow to your heart and therefore baby.

While yoga, Pilates and aerobic exercise classes are great in pregnancy, you need to stop exercising immediately if you have calf pain or swelling or muscle weakness affecting balance. A cramp that doesn't go away when you stop, regular painful contractions, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, difficulty walking, a sudden headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, increased swelling, bleeding, or a reduction in fetal movement after week 28 are some serious signs that necessitate a call to your doctor.

Exercise is perfectly safe, as long as you get the okay from your practitioner before hitting any new or familiar workout routine and follow a few pregnancy-specific modifications. Reach out to our fitness expert to know more about the types of at-home exercises that are absolutely safe and comfortable.

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