Don't avoid the gym, pool, or other favorite fitness hangouts just because you're pregnant. Exercise will make you feel better, and it can tone muscles that will be getting a workout in labor and delivery (be sure, though, to check with your healthcare provider before beginning an exercise routine).
For women in regular pregnancies (i.e., not high risk), 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily is ideal. Consider the benefits a regular workout may provide:
Keep energy up. Stretching and moving daily will boost your energy level.
Relax. Exercise can help calm your mind.
Get postpartum weight down. It will be easier to work off your pregnancy weight after the birth if you already have a regular routine.
Ease your aches and pains. Exercise that promotes strength and flexibility can prevent or diminish lower back pain, muscle aches, and other complaints of pregnancy.
Foster a positive mental attitude. Feeling fit may improve your self-image.
It's best to avoid exercises that can cause you to become overheated or that involve bouncing, jarring, sudden changes in direction, lifting, or a risk of falling. Here are some generally safe pregnancy exercise ideas:
|Golf (sans cart)||Stretching exercises with a pregnancy ball|
|Light weight lifting||Walking|
|Stair climbing||Water aerobics|