Staying fit is not just about looking good, it is about putting your health first. Even though this is always important, it is never as important as during pregnancy.
Needless to say, when you become pregnant, your body is no longer your own, since now another living being will depend on it as well.
This being said, if you are a workout enthusiast, pregnancy should not stop you in your exercising endeavors. If nothing else, it should even encourage you to carry on with this for both your well being and that of your child.
A few years back at the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego, a shocking discovery was announced. Namely, babies whose mothers ran during pregnancy showed a slightly improved level of brain maturity. This being said, it is more than clear how cardio can be of an invaluable assistance.
Still, if running is not your cup of tea, you can always go for swimming / water exercises or riding a bike, but maintaining at least some form of cardio in your exercise routine is an absolute must. However, even though you shouldn’t quit working out, you might want to reduce the intensity of these training quite a bit.
You can always restrict yourself to two light cardio training a week, which will be more than enough, as well as completely safe.
When it comes to training in pregnancy, a lot of people would just assume that weight lifting is bad. Sure, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t add insane weights to the bar while pregnant, but lifting light weights during pregnancy can turn out to be a great idea.
In fact, having no more than 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic is all that it takes for your body to show significant improvement. Subsequently, this will have a positive impact on your future offspring as well.
However, there is one more perk that weightlifting brings, which is that being in good shape will make giving birth less painful as well as increase the rate of the recovery process afterwards.
Every Little Bit Helps
Although it can be quite beneficial, and with a go-ahead from your physician even completely safe, some women are simply terrified of going to the gym. This however doesn’t mean that they should give up on working out during pregnancy.
There are so many great exercises that one can do at home, like the plank and side-lying inner and outer thigh. Performing a whole set of similar exercises won’t take more than 20 minutes, but the results are often quite astounding.
Finally, some people like to point out that pregnant women are eating for two. With this in mind we could safely assume that they are working out for two as well.
When you endure physical exercise, your body usually needs a replenishment of what was lost in the process. This means that you need to eat adequately, which speaks more of quality than quantity. Check out our article on foods not to eat when you are pregnant, for your good health.
For example, it is essential that you manage to replenish your natural calcium as soon as you have finished working out so you should always plan your diet towards this goal.
As you can see, there are so many reasons to carry on with your workout routine during your pregnancy and not a single one to give up on it. Still, everything is not the same as it was before and you should act accordingly.
Find a way to adjust your training to your state, talk to your physician and ask him or her for advice or even go as far to hire a professional trainer to help you out. Every bit of help is always more than welcome.