Are you trying to be fit for two? Here are nine exercise rules to consider with your little one on board!
1. Talk to your care provider. If you exercised regularly before getting pregnant and your pregnancy is uncomplicated, you can continue working out as before with modifications. Regardless of your fitness level, talk with your healthcare provider first! Check out 7 Yoga Poses for a Fit Pregnancy.
2. Warm up. Prepare your muscles and joints for exercise and build your heart rate up slowly. Skipping a warmup could strain your muscles and ligaments and cause you to experience increased post-workout aches and pains.
3. Modify, modify, modify! As your belly expands, be mindful of your ever-changing center of gravity, which can throw your off balance as well as relaxing in your joints, which could cause you to overextend them.
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4. Drink up! When exercising, drink enough fluids before, during and after your activity. Should you become dehydrated, your body temperature could rise and cause contractions – possibly to levels that are dangerous to you and to your baby.
5. Don’t lie flat on your back. After the first trimester, avoid lying flat on your back to avoid putting pressure on the vein called the venacava. It can reduce blood flow to your heart and even the brain and uterus.
6. Don’t overdo it. Exercising while pregnant is a great benefit to your body and to your baby. Just remember: work your body, don’t punish it!
7. Get some support. Wearing a maternity support belt can alleviate pressure in the front as well as support your low back.
8. Cool down. Don’t skimp on post-workout stretches and cool down exercises! Staying flexible can alleviate aches and pains.
9. Wear the right gear. Make sure that your sports bra is supportive. Also, consider dressing in layers so that you can shed them as you need to avoid overheating. Click here to find the perfect size bra for your workouts!