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Importance and Precautions for Exercise during pregnancy

All experts, for the well being of the mother and unborn child always recommend exercise during pregnancy. There are various forms of exercise that one can follow, of which swimming; yoga and walking are most preferred.

It is important to have a proper exercise routine and follow doctor’s orders while taking required precautions. As they say, all things are good if done within controlled measures. A Few Precautions To Be Taken While Exercising Are:

1. A light routine should be followed, as heavy exercises can divert the blood flow from crucial areas, leading to complications.

2. Exercises that are strenuous should be done under expert supervision, such as Jogging, weights, cardio etc.

3. Intake of fluids, especially before exercising is necessary.

4. Over exertion to be avoided and any pain, especially pregnancy back pain with additional symptoms must be reported immediately.

5. Follow a nutritious diet, rich in Iron and protein.

6. Always maintain a proper posture and avoid slouching.

A very light routine should be followed, especially during the initial few weeks, as the body takes time to adjust to the changes that pregnancy brings.

A proper exercise during pregnancy regime is maintained, women not only find it easier to deliver, but also take care of issues like back pain, joint aches, lethargy etc. Most specialists recommend exercising 3 – 4 times, unless a medical condition exists.

Some of the Very Many Benefits Of Exercising During Pregnancy Are:

1. Exercising keeps your body healthy and indirectly takes care of your unborn child.

2. Studies have shown that various side effects of pregnancy like, constipation, headache, and fatigue are reduced by the regular exercises.

3. Better mental health and lower stress are some of the main benefits. It also makes the emotional health of the mother to be better.

4. The labor and recovery time is reduced, as stamina is increased.

5. It has been proven that exercises reduce the risk of premature births by almost 50%.

6. It helps in weight management, especially after delivery. A major concern area of postpartum weight loss is addressed.

7. Exercising is the most useful remedy for curing pregnancy led back pains.

Exercise during pregnancy helps strengthen the body and makes delivery and labor a lot easier. It not only helps the mother, but also benefits your unborn child. This, most would say could be strongest reason to support the cause of maintaining proper pregnancy health.

Published Sep 02 2008, 07:05 AM by pregnancyresources
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