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Becoming pregnant is one of life’s most exciting experiences for women. It’s a beautiful time full of hope and promise but also a time that many women worry about the unknown. Open any book about pregnancy and the list of possible side effects and complications multiply: excessive weight gain, swelling, constipation, back pain, or even the risk of gestational diabetes.

Worrying about things that might happen creates unnecessary stress. It becomes easy to talk yourself out of exercising. But that’s the last thing you should do. In fact, some of the greatest benefits of staying fit while pregnant are that staying fit actually helps lower stress and avoid many of those unpleasant side effects.

Let’s be realistic: you will gain weight when you are pregnant. Your doctor or midwife will discuss with you how much weight you should gain. They will also discuss your current fitness level and prenatal exercises that will be best for you and your baby. By staying fit while pregnant and remaining active throughout your pregnancy, you will be able to avoid gaining excess weight. That excess weight is the most challenging to lose after the baby arrives. Here are the best activities for staying active while pregnant.

 

 

Swimming

Swimming and prenatal water-aerobics classes are an excellent way to stay in shape and avoid swelling when you’re pregnant. When you’re in the water, your body is almost 90% lighter. This is a very welcome feeling, especially towards the end of the nine months. Swimming tones your core muscle groups and offers a fantastic cardio workout without putting stress on your joints.

 

Walking

Walking is a fantastic exercise and it can be done anywhere, at any time. As long as your body can handle walking, go the distance. Experts say to aim for 10,000 steps a day, so strap on your pedometer and hit the pavement. And you can map out great walks that you can take with your baby in the stroller when the little one arrives.

 

Yoga

Yoga works your mind, body, and soul. You can reduce your stress levels, relax your entire body, and strengthen your core muscles with some prenatal yoga. As the belly grows, it’s best to keep a chair close and avoid doing any poses that require standing on one foot. As the pregnancy progresses, balance will become more difficult.

 

Any time you are maintaining an active lifestyle with a well-rounded diet and exercise routine, you are one step closer to avoiding the displeasing side effects of pregnancy. All of these exercises will help to prepare your body for delivery and life postpartum. They will also help with your mood and energy levels throughout your pregnancy. If you would like a personal consultation here at our gym in Tyler, TX, please contact us. Our trainers will work with you to create an exercise plan for you to reach optimal health during your pregnancy.

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