Keeping yourself fit during pregnancy is not an easy job. After all, you are now eating for two so your diet is completely off track. However, many women are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle while being pregnant. It all starts with proper dedication and a proper fitness routine that you can perform during pregnancy. The following tips will allow you to maintain your healthy lifestyle even when pregnant.
Avoid exercises that require you to lie down
Exercises such as crunches or anything that requires you to lie on your back are a big no. When you lie down on your back for long period of time, it reduces the blood flow to you head and the baby, making you dizzy. You don’t want to do that at all. You also don’t want to do exercises that target the stomach region directly as it can restrict blood flow to the child.
Do balance training
Balance training is a great way to maintain your body and rid yourself of fat. It also involves no weight so you don’t put too much strain on any part of your body. Balance training requires nothing, all you need to do is find balance board that is right for you. You can then start to balance yourself on it. You can start with both feet down and then work yourself up to balancing on one feet then moving to the tougher exercises. You can probably do this up until your third trimester, the added baby weight will definitely make it a lot harder for you to balance yourself.
Get the right maternity gear
When working out, you want to ensure you are comfortable. Wear clothes that allow you flexibility, so loose clothing usually works well. You can also find maternity gear that is more suitable for your body that stretches and allows for full range of motion for your body. Whatever you do, you do not want to get clothes that restrict you in any way, making it hard for you to work out.
More pregnancy friendly exercises
When pregnant, you want to take it slightly easy on your body. You don’t want to increase any chance of harming the baby. So you typically stay away from weights. You can pick up exercises that are not so strenuous like light walking, swimming, or parental yoga. These will help you stay active and keep some fat off while also not pose a threat to your baby.
Make sure no matter what routine you adopt to stay healthy, you get proper rest after it. You need to make sure you and your baby recoup after the workout so taking naps afterwards is recommended. The last things you want to do are over work yourself and injure yourself. Poor sleep can also lead to complications so you need to make sure you get proper rest.