We need to make sure that we are looking after our bodies the best we can while we are pregnant.
And this includes regular exercise.
However, it is really important that while you exercise when you’re pregnant, you make sure you are doing so safely and appropriately.
Sometimes we can get very worried during pregnancy that we are doing the wrong thing and that we are somehow going to injure ourselves or our baby.
But there are plenty of ways that we can still stay healthy and active through every trimester.
We have some advice for you coming up on what the best exercises are to do during pregnancy.
Walking is the natural number one choice for pregnancy exercising.
It is good cardio, it works many of your muscles all at once, and it gets you out into the fresh air.
Try and take yourself out for walks regularly and consistently.
The most important thing when exercising while pregnant is that you are moving your body and keeping active, you don’t have to push yourself or do heavy-lifting in order to stay healthy.
Make sure you take it easy and avoid hiking. If you are going on a walk far away from public areas or your home, make sure you bring someone else with you.
If you’re in your last trimester, take it even easier.
Swimming is a relaxing and valuable exercise for you to do when you are pregnant.
The water will help you exercise while taking some pressure off your muscles and joints.
It is also good cardio exercise and will help you stretch your whole body.
You can make it into a social activity if you would like to, and it is a very safe activity during pregnancy as you are always being watched by a lifeguard.
There might even be pregnancy swimming classes or groups in your area, if you have a look around.
Yoga is another activity that might have some local pregnancy classes in your area that you can attend.
Failing that, there are plenty of books and online videos to help you get started.
Remember to take it slowly, always support your bump, and don’t stand up too quickly.
Focus on moving your body slowly, stretching, and relaxing.
Cycling on a moving bike can be dangerous if you are pregnant, due to the risk of falling off. However, cycling is great exercise because it is low-impact cardio.
Solve this dilemma by cycling on a stationary bike when you are pregnant.
If you don’t have one at home, there are plenty of gyms that will have them available.
Just remember to take breaks and don’t go too fast.
Take some time on the seat to relax your heart rate and breathing before you get up, too.
Cycling on a stationary bike is enough to get your heart pumping and get you sweating a little bit, but it is safe and contained enough to keep you and your bump safe while doing so.