It’s common for pregnant women to wonder how much exercise is too much or whether or not exercise is even safe to do at all! Generally, when it comes to exercise during pregnancy, moderate aerobic activities (ie walking, cycling, or swimming) is safe and beneficial for women and her growing baby. Moderate activity helps improve sleep, lowers the risk of diabetes, shortens labor, and may make it easier for women to return to their pre-pregnancy weight.
These activities focus on the heart, and a healthy heart influences other relative body systems that are just as important such as arteries, lungs, and our ability to circulate oxygen. Contact sports or weight-bearing activities should be avoided and may lead to premature membrane rupture. And of course, let’s not forget the nutrition piece! From the moment of conception, a pregnant woman needs certain vitamins and minerals in higher quantities.
Below are some mellow activity suggestions along with some healthy post-workout food to refuel. But it’s always important to remember: listen to your body, as you know it best!
Let’s Get Moving!
Dance fitness class
Recharge by refueling
5 baby carrots
1 whole-wheat English Muffin
2 Tbsp peanut butter