Exercises for Those Who Sit
If you find yourself sitting at a desk all day, you may not feel like you're getting your legs stretched and exercised. You might even suffer from pain or swelling in the legs. To minimize the pain and swelling associated with pregnancy, be sure to drink plenty of water, stretch your legs often, and do focus at least some of your fitness time on your legs.
During the workday you may want to walk around a bit more to ensure good circulation. Rather than letting work pile up before you distribute it, consider making several trips as the work comes across your desk. Sure, you might walk to the copier two or three times more than you might before, but it will help your legs and body feel better during the day. Take the stairs when appropriate and walk around your neighborhood. Do whatever it takes to keep your legs moving!
Exercising your legs and bottom is very important. It can be so easy to focus on other areas during pregnancy. The benefits you will get from the exercise you do now will follow you to birth. This will also help make weight loss easier once your baby has been born.
Varicose veins in the leg are not uncommon in pregnancy. If you find yourself with distended veins, be sure to show them to your doctor or midwife. You may need to wear support hose to help alleviate the problem. Elevating your feet above your heart also helps improve circulation. Watch for hot or painful spots, as it may indicate a blood clot. Let your practitioner know about this symptom right away.