Yes, you can work out while pregnant. No, you can’t use the bump as an excuse not to be at the gym.
You do, however, have to be more mindful of your body as it is (obviously) a little different when it’s carrying another human being.
Before you read on, make sure to always consult with your doctor before exercising when pregnant. Everybody (and every body) is different, so it’s important to get the ‘ok’ from your doctor to make sure your proposed regime is right for you.
Here are a few tips to help you workout safely when pregnant:
1. Ease into it – If you’re someone who has not been exercising regularly, don’t try doing everything. Start slow and simple, maybe with one or two stretching workouts per week.
2. Don’t up the ante (or the temperature) – If you were doing CrossFit before pregnancy and your pregnancy is low-risk, keep at it. Same goes for weights, cardio, or most exercises non-pregnant people do.
There are a couple of caveats though; 1) be careful about how warm it is (maybe skip hot yoga and saunas for a while) and avoid scuba diving and any other activities with lots of jumping or bouncing.
3. Stay hydrated – Drink water before, during, and after each workout.
4. Eat up –You need to eat an average 300 Cal more per day than post pregnancy, and if you’re exercising you need to eat enough to fuel your workouts too.
5. Choose the right gear – Comfortable, well-fitting shoes, loose clothes, and the right supportive bra.
6. Listen to your body – Those exercises you used to repeat to fault, don’t do them to fault anymore. And if you feel lightheaded, jittery, too hot, or experience any discomfort, pain, or change in the way the baby is responding, stop, and if necessary go to the ER.
With all that being said, there are definitely exercises you can do while pregnant here are three of our recommendations:
1. Swim – The ultimate low-impact exercise. It takes the weight off your feet and provides gentle resistance which is great for toning up and burning.
2. Yoga or Pilates – Classes like these have you stretching, improving your flexibility and making your muscles stronger; perfect for all the post-pregnancy baby lifting you’ll be doing.
3. Walking – It does count, just keep it fairly slow and aim for sessions of around 30 minutes or so.
What about you? Have you tried any other workouts while pregnant?
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