Pregnancy is a precious time in any woman’s life. It develops emotion & affection with your unborn baby as well as creates a mild fear of the things that may affect an unborn child. Hence, it may be a very confusing time, especially if it’s your first. A fit mom inspired by pregnancy and trying to inspire other pregnant women is the best thing you can come across. Pregnancy experiences are different for everyone. Also, it is not necessary that you will be able to do the same amount of workouts and the same diet as other fitness moms. However, there are some basics that can work for every mom-to-be. Let us look at some of them in this article.
Fitness Routine Inspired By Pregnancy
It is better to set the bar low here, but I have to be honest. Many women wish they had not gained the dreaded pregnancy weight. Also, the social criticism of pregnancy body and pressure for weight loss post-pregnancy factors into these.
Stretching and walking are great for pregnant ladies. It turns out that once the hormone relaxing (the thing that allows all of your tendons to relax/stretch so that your pelvis can open up for childbirth) fully leaves your system, all of your tendons and ligaments tighten back up, and if you aren’t prepared you’re left like an overwound rubber band. Things like your Achilles tendon get so tight that you cannot flex your ankle enough to walk downstairs. To avoid this, regularly stretch and walk as much as your body can take.
Eat better by being put on a special diet and be conscious. Learn about healthy eating habits and what works for you. Seek advice from a pediatrician or Ob-Gyn. It can carry well over into the following year post-partum. If you are pregnant for the second time, you might gain more or less weight and have more or less trouble shedding it after, depending from woman to woman. Just follow a diabetic diet and everything else falls into place.
You must have heard of this muscle clenching exercise but for some reason, many pregnant ladies do not understand the importance of Kegels. In my mind, their only use was for tightening up the vaginal muscles for better sex and would be counterproductive for giving birth. I kept thinking that I wouldn’t want “tight” muscles for birth, but I was thinking about it all wrong. You want STRONG muscles that can endure the stress of childbirth. You want them to be able to push and then recover quickly afterward. You want vaginal muscles that can retain their tone and strength after giving birth so that you can hold your bladder and don’t pee your pants whenever you laugh or sneeze.
Each pregnancy and each woman is different. So the doctor can tell you how much exercise you can do. The general rule of thumb is that the woman is allowed to be as active as she can. Complications like placenta previa, cervical incompetence, etc would mean complete bed rest. Otherwise, it’s fine. So ask your Gynaecologist before you begin any exercise regimen.