Fun Ways to Exercise during Pregnancy

Sometimes, just walking across the room can be a task when you're expecting a baby, but moms and experts agree that exercising is important during pregnancy. Some exercises, however, are more fun than others.

Walking- Walking can be boring or it can be made fun. Walking in circles around a track may not really excite many. Alternatively we suggest you go for a walk outdoors. Make sure you wear a nice pair of comfortable walking shoes. Take a walk of your block or hit a local part to boost your mood and stay in spirit of workout. You can ask your friends or neighbor to join you in your daily walks.

Swimming- Swimming is a great way to stay fit if you are pregnant. The physical properties of the water will keep the pressure off your joints and pelvis allowing you free and wonderful movement. You will feel light as feather and it’s a perfect way to get your blood pumping. Even if you don’t swim, just getting in a pool and walking around will give you plenty of exercise.

Stationary bicycling- Riding a bicycle can get difficult as your pregnancy advances. A stationary bicycle however can be the perfect way to get a nice workout. If you set it up in front of your TV, you can even get caught up in your favorite show as you work a sweat.


Yoga - There are certain yoga asanas that can be performed during pregnancy. You can consult your yoga instructor for this. Some asanas help in smooth delivery of the child. 


Important tips- stay hydrated during any exercise you do, even more so when you are not pregnant. Make sure your doctor or consultant is aware of your exercise routines especially if you are trying to start a new exercise regime. Listen to your body. If you feel dizzy or dehydrated or unwell please stop.

If you exercised regularly before pregnancy, you might have to tone down your workouts as your pregnancy progresses. 

There are certain exercises and activities that can be harmful if performed during pregnancy. Avoid:

  • Holding your breath during any activity
  • Activities where falling is likely (such as skiing and horseback riding)
  • Contact sports such as softball, football, basketball and volleyball
  • Any exercise that may cause even mild abdominal trauma, including activities that include jarring motions or rapid changes in direction
  • Activities that require extensive jumping, hopping, skipping, bouncing or running
  • Deep knee bends, full sit-ups, double leg raises and straight-leg toe touches
  • Bouncing while stretching. 
  • Exercises that require lying on your back or right side for more than three minutes. (especially after your third month of pregnancy)
  • Waist twisting movements while standing
  • Heavy exercise spurts followed by long periods of no activity
  • Exercise in hot, humid weather



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