We love to find inspiring and educational tips in national magazines like Fit Pregnancy! Read on for advice from Julie Tupler, author of Maternal Fitness: Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy, an Easier Labor, and a Quick Recovery. Sounds like the perfect triad to us!
Exercise Is Essential
Cardiovascular exercise benefits pregnant women just as it does anyone else. But the added benefits for pregnant women can also be mental. Here’s how you can get moving, stay strong and prepare for labor.
Cardiovascular exercise benefits pregnant women just as it does anyone else. But the added benefits for pregnant women can also be mental. A brisk walk almost always can help you feel better, and knowing that you still have that tool in your arsenal can give you a huge emotional lift.
Walk, run or swim> Just make sure you don’t overdo it. Decrease the intensity or duration, as needed, to avoid getting overheated. Make sure that you drink plenty of water, even if you swim.
How often> You can do aerobic activities every day if you feel up to it, but beginners should aim for at least 15 to 30 minutes three times a week. Advanced exercisers can plan on 30 to 60 minutes.
How hard> If you are beginning a new activity, start slowly and gradually increase the intensity as you feel comfortable. Listen to your body and don’t push yourself to fatigue.
Have fun> Free-form activities like strolling on a beach, dancing and yoga all count as part of the prenatal exercise package. “Pregnancy is an exciting time but also a stressful time,” says Lenita Anthony, M.S., author of Pre- and Postnatal Fitness. “Activities done for fun can help you relax.”
Labor is like an athletic event, so having good cardiovascular endurance and overall body strength will help you get through it better.
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