3 Pregnancy-Safe Ways to Exercise

3 Pregnancy-Safe Ways to Exercise

If you are in your first trimester of pregnancy, you might not feel like doing anything. You’re likely exhausted and battling waves of nausea – you are growing a human, after all. But now really is a great time to be active! Exercise during pregnancy has many of the same benefits during pregnancy as it does when you are not pregnant, including improved mood, better sleep, and weight control!

*Disclaimer: This is not medical advice! Always, always check with your OBGYN prior to beginning an exercise routine, as every pregnancy (and every body!) is different. That said, the following exercises are generally considered safe for pregnant women with healthy pregnancies.

Low-Impact Aerobics
Walking is a great place to start if you haven’t exercised in awhile before becoming pregnant! Walking is good cardio, but it’s low-intensity, so it doesn’t put too much stress on your joints or your back. AND it is a great activity to do with a friend or neighbor! Stationary bikes or elliptical machines are other fantastic, low-impact aerobic activities that allow you to move at your own pace.

Classes at the Gym: Yoga, Pilates, Barre
If you already have a gym membership, one thing you may not know is that most classes offer modifications for pregnant women! Some may even offer full classes solely for pregnant women (hello, new friends!). Just be sure to notify your instructor that you’re pregnant, and they can tell you ways to modify the exercises in a way that protects your body! I personally love Pure Barre (and have for several years), and their instructors are well-versed in pregnancy modifications. Some of my instructors even taught the classes throughout their pregnancies!

Swimming or Water Aerobics
Swimming is gentle on your joints and aching back, and the water provides some support for your growing belly. Swimming laps is great exercise for your body, or water aerobics can be a fun way to change things up a bit and try something new! Everything feels easier in the water.

What Should I Avoid During Pregnancy?
Again, always check with your doctor first! But a few hard-and-fast things to avoid overheating. Don’t participate in hot yoga during pregnancy or work out outdoors when it’s hot and humid. This can be dangerous for both you and your baby. Also: avoid any activities that include a risk of falling and/or taking hits to your abdomen. For example, kickboxing, gymnastics, contact sports, etc. should all be avoided during pregnancy.

Overall, listen to your body, drink lots of water, and communicate with your doctor to be the healthiest mama you can be during your pregnancy!

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