The question ‘is it okay to exercise during pregnancy?’ is now answered differently by doctors. Staying physically active during pregnancy is now highly encouraged.
Advantages of exercising during pregnancy
Doing your normal daily exercises during pregnancy can have the following advantages:
Shorter and easier labor
Exercising releases certain chemicals, known as endorphins, in your brain which help boost your energy level
Prevents complications during pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia
Makes it easier to adapt to the weight gain
Strengthens bones and muscles
Improving bowel movements
Relieves anxiety and restlessness
Stimulates the production of fluids that lubricate your joints, preventing their wear and tear
Improves blood circulation
Increases endurance and helps gain control over breathing
Makes it easier to re-gain your pre-pregnancy figure.
How to get started
Always consult your doctor before indulging in any kind of exercise. If you are prone to certain complications, professional guidance is mandatory.
Exercise that is recommended during pregnancy
Walking, swimming, cycling on a stationary bike and aquanatal classes are all considered to be good and safe forms of exercise during pregnancy. Yoga, pilates, and kegels are also highly recommended. It is better to seek professional help and guidance in planning out your work-out regimes. A combination of all these exercises is suggested.
Exercise that is not recommended during pregnancy
Activities that might involve a risk of falling, over-exertion and other physical injury should be avoided. This includes horse-riding, gymnastics, skating, contact or collision sports.
Reasons why you should stop exercising during pregnancy
If you develop any of the following complications, stop exercising immediately and consult your doctor:
Any sort of aches or pains
Shortness of breath
Difficulty in walking
High blood pressure
Reasons why exercise may not be good during your pregnancy
If you have had complications in prior pregnancies, or have the following conditions, it is better not to exercise and avoid any risks:
If you have had a premature baby or a miscarriage
If you are Anemic
If you are overweight or underweight
If you have a serious lung or heart condition
If you are carrying more than one baby