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Staying In Shape While Pregnant

February 21, 2013

Fitter than never

You are expecting! This is one of the most joyous times in your life. At the same time, you are naturally concerned about the process of being pregnant and how you can remain healthy and fit during this time.

Your pregnancy will depend on several variables. Following healthy guidelines and listening to your doctors will help improve your chances of having an uncomplicated nine months. The tips from this article will help you stay healthy through your pregnancy….More at How To Properly Stay Fit When You Are Pregnant » Social  – Valkry

First things first, check with your doctor prior to beginning any fitness program while you are pregnant. The key factor is safety for you and your baby. Once you’ve received the green light, you are well on your way to staying strong and fit.

Starting a fitness regimen during your first trimester is probably not the best idea. During this time, you are more than likely dealing with morning sickness and the possibility of miscarriage is still prevalent. Therefore, most women find it most beneficial and safe to begin their regimen during their second trimester.

Yoga is a great activity to consider while pregnant to stay fit. You will utilize your natural body weight to strengthen various areas of your body. Yoga is especially beneficial toward strengthening your core. Your abdominal area will be in high demand during the delivery process. You want to ensure your muscles are strong and ready!

Swimming is an excellent full body workout while pregnant. Your heart rate will increase rapidly, thus delivering a great cardio workout. Swimming is also low impact and very soothing on the body in general.

Light weight training is a source of staying fit while pregnant. The more lean muscle you have, the easier it will be to pop back to your pre-baby weight once you have given birth. Keep this light and simple. Always remember you can increase your intensity once you have been released from your doctor. If the weight is too heavy, you may hold your breath while lifting, thus stopping blood circulation to your baby. So take it easy!

Together with regular doctor visits, the Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator allows you to modify your diet and lifestyle as needed to stay within your healthy weight range. Regular monitoring can also reveal sudden changes that might signal a problem….More at Weight Gain

Aerobic activities such as riding the stationary bike, brisk walking, the stairmaster for 30 minutes a day, or even water aerobics are great low impact, non-weight bearing physical activities. Each will help to improve your heart healthy life style through improved blood circulation and you will notice a decrease in cravings.

You can breathe a sigh of relief! As you can see, there are several safe and effective options to allow for an active lifestyle even while pregnant. You will appreciate this decision for the health of you and your new bundle of joy!

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