Exercising during Pregnancy Calls for Special Care and Precautions

Exercise is very beneficial during pregnancy for mother and the baby but only if done safely. You should be aware of the do’s and don’ts of exercise during pregnancy.

Vatsal Anand
PregnancyWritten by: Vatsal AnandPublished at: Jul 24, 2013
Exercising during Pregnancy Calls for Special Care and Precautions

There are many benefits of exercise during pregnancy but only if done safely. You strengthen your muscles for easy labour and have a healthy baby through exercise. But, it is essential to know the state of your body before starting a pregnancy workout regime. You must consult your doctor before deciding upon any sort of exercises.

Expecting mother doing exercise safely

There are some medical conditions or other circumstances in which it is not advisable for a pregnant women to exercise.

  • Abdominal exercises are beneficial during pregnancy but those in which you lie on your back are avoidable, especially after the first trimester. This means no sit-ups or crunches after the first trimester.
  • Alternatively, you can choose standing pelvic thrust during the second and third trimesters. You can also simply brisk walk to exercise.
  • Half an hour of brisk walk is a good and safe exercise in this condition. By walking, pregnant women also get the advantage of enjoying the nature’s beauty at their own pace.
  • Swimming is an even better way to exercise safely during pregnancy. The buoyancy of water does not strain your joints or muscles but gives your body enough exercise for this condition.
  • Cardio exercises when practiced without jumping up and down too much can be great for increasing the blood supply to the unborn baby. Try to do some aerobic and flexibility exercises. Many exercises are safe for pregnant women but they should know what to avoid.
  • You should always avoid the poses which disturb your balance. Your growing belly creates enough imbalances in your body and you can do without additionally straining it.
  • That is why although skating, biking, skiing or even running on a treadmill may seem to be relatively harmless, they pose a great risk to your balance.
  • The most important advice to exercise safely during pregnancy is to listen to your body.
  • Your body or your baby will give you enough indications if you are about to overdo your exercise. Some of these indications can be feeling extremely tired, dizziness, difficulty in breathing and pain in the back or pelvic area.

There is another way of deciding if your exercise is overstraining your condition. If you are unable to talk while performing the steps involved in the exercise, it is a sign of overexertion. Slow down immediately. 


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