Last week, we shared with you about why it’s good to work out during your pregnancy. Today, we bring you six tips to follow for a great pregnancy workout!
It’s important that you don’t push yourself too hard while working out during your pregnancy. The goal is to keep in shape, but not to do too much or start a big physical challenge. Since your body is already working really hard carrying the baby, your resting heart rate will be higher from that extra effort.
Here are 6 tips to the best possible pregnancy workout routine:
- Make sure that you’re not pushing yourself too hard. A good way to tell if you’re doing too much is when you're out of breath. When you start feeling as if you're exercising too hard, take a break. Then, stick to less intense workouts. Avoid working out in very hot weather…this is because your core body temp should stay below 102.6 degrees for the safety of your developing baby.
- Ask your OB doctor to check which exercises are safe and recommended for you while pregnant. It’s important to keep away from sports in which you could fall during pregnancy (such as skiing or horseback riding), as well as contact sports. Aerobic workouts provide you with the most benefits when you’re pregnant.
- Keep in tune with your body. Keep in mind that your body is very different than it was pre-pregnancy. The differences may make exercise more challenging. Your center of balance has changed. So be cautious: the extra weight centered on the front of your body can make you more likely to fall.
- Drink plenty of water. Always make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water when you're working out.
- Cardio and weight training. Aerobic/cardio exercises are great for you during pregnancy, because they keep your muscles toned and blood flowing. Examples of cardio exercises you might try are an elliptical machine, walking, a treadmill, or a stationary bike. Light weights are fine; just make sure that you’re not wearing yourself out.
- Stay in tune with your body. As your due date gets closer, be sensible. During the first 24 weeks of your pregnancy, exercise should be pretty easy. But as your stomach gets larger and your body works harder during the last three months, exercise may be difficult. It's normal for your workouts to get more challenging. Just stay in tune with your body, and make sure not to push yourself as the due date gets nearer.
Make sure to always check with your doctor about workouts during your pregnancy. Ask them whether you’re safe to work out, and whether you should be avoiding certain exercises. Examples of when you should not exercise include if you have early contractions, high blood pressure, or spotting. Of course in these cases, you should see your doctor.
Once your doctor has given the green light to exercise, figure out a workout that you enjoy doing and that makes you feel good. Keep with your workouts, and you'll enjoy a fit and healthy pregnancy!