How to Stay Active during an Exercise Ball Pregnancy

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There has been a lot of talks recently about exercise ball pregnancy. In fact, I have seen it mentioned everywhere from TV to the internet. It seems that pregnant women everywhere are finding that these simple ball exercises can greatly improve their chances of conceiving. So let me tell you exactly what they are and why you should use them.

First off, an exercise ball is simply a large softball with elastic on one end. You can use it for many of the same exercises that you do during your pregnancy, such as aerobics and stretching. However, they are specifically designed to work out those areas around your belly and pelvic area. So while you might be doing an exercise that focuses on your hips and pelvis, you will also be strengthening your belly and legs through the ball’s large surface area. This is just what your baby needs.

They are also great for improving your posture and general health. The way a ball works out your muscles forces you to look up and stretch your back. This will help loosen up your joints and improve your circulation. As a result, you will find that you don’t bruise as easily and that you don’t get those stiff joints that you usually have when you’re pregnant. And you will notice less pain when you move around or do simple everyday tasks, like walking.

Exercise Ball Pregnancy

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The main reason why so many pregnant women are using exercise balls is that they are so versatile. You can use them for a variety of different exercises. For example, if you want to work out your abdominal muscles, you can do that while lying on your back with the ball between your legs. You can then raise one leg up on the ball while doing your ab muscles and lower yourself down slowly. Do this for both sides, alternately.

You can do the same thing while lying on your side with the exercise ball between your feet. Raise one leg up on the ball while doing crunches on your other side. Or you can even use the exercise ball to support your head while doing a headstand. This will not only tone your muscles, but it will strengthen those muscles in a way that simply doing an ab workout on the floor cannot.

While you are using the ball, you should also be sure that you are using the proper form. Otherwise, you will simply be wasting your time. If your form seems a little off, start over until you are getting excellent form. Then go right back to perfecting your technique. Continue this simple process for the best results.

A Much Ado

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You can also add a personal trainer to your exercise ball workout. Having a professional helping you stay on schedule and on target will only make you more productive. You can show your trainer exactly what you need to do to get the results you want, and he can help take your mind off other things that may be distracting.

Remember, exercise is great for pregnancy. But if you do not have good form, you will simply not get the benefits you want. Start your exercise program before you become pregnant. Work up a sweat before you even try. This will ensure you have the best results possible.

Some women find they can use exercise balls during the first trimester of their pregnancy. The initial movements that you need to learn while pregnant are the sit-ups, the crunches, and of course, the push-ups. By the third trimester, you will probably want to take your exercise ball workout to the next level. You may find it necessary to increase the resistance level as your baby gets bigger. You are going to find that your body will continue to grow throughout your pregnancy, and you will need the extra support to keep your weight evenly divided.

A good exercise ball pregnancy routine is one that you can do alone at home. That way, you can be certain that you are safe and that you will not ruin anything. If you decide to take a class, make sure that everyone in the class is comfortable with the idea. There is nothing worse than being uncomfortable when you are working out!

Bottom Line

Exercise ball pregnancy is an excellent way for you to stay active during pregnancy. Your muscles will get stronger and you will be able to enjoy your pregnancy without any type of limitations. It will also help to reduce the risk of your baby developing any kind of back problem as you push through your pregnancy. The important thing to remember is that you should only work out if you are physically capable of doing so. If you are not 100% comfortable with your workout, then you should discontinue your exercise ball pregnancy routine until you are ready. You should never try to overwork yourself during pregnancy, but you should work out as often as you are able.

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