You want to be fit when pregnant, and avoid gaining too much baby weight. But once you’re pregnant, some of your exercise guidelines will change.
Exercising before and during your pregnancy is an awesome idea. Prenatal yoga, walking, swimming, and exercise bikes are great ways to stay active throughout your pregnancy. Prenatal exercise helps you keep a healthy weight gain, gives you more energy, lifts your mood, improves sleep, AND can bust stress! Keep reading to learn the top 7 tips for pregnancy exercise.
1. Did you work out before you got pregnant? Then it’s probably fine to keep at it. But if you're new to exercise, just ease into it. (So, DON'T begin training for your first 5k!)
2. Avoid contact sports, like basketball as well as exercises where falling might happen, like skiing.
3. Listen to what your body is telling you. If you start to feel dizzy, lightheaded, crampy, or super tired, stop what you're doing right away and call your doctor.
4. Hydrate with water all of the time, and remember to eat nutritious foods. You can read up on how to eat healthy while you're pregnant, here.
5. Don't exercise in extreme heat. This means no hot yoga or working outside when the temps heat up!
6. Skip exercises that involve lots of jumping, twisting, or bouncing.
7. And finally, avoid exercises where you have to hold your breath for a long time. (For example, synchronized swimming is a no-go for awhile).
Talk to your doctor before you start making any exercise plans. As you move into your second and third trimesters, some conditions may crop up that require you to stop exercising. So make sure to keep asking your doc questions if you’re unsure.