Exercising while you are pregnant will help you to energize your body and will help you to have a stress free pregnancy and delivery. Your back, thighs, and butt are under a lot of stress while being pregnant and exercising will help strengthen up those muscles to help give you relief from backaches. Exercise can even help to improve the supply of blood and oxygen to your baby and help your body prepare for childbirth, minimizing the discomfort and pain during delivery.
Do make sure that you talk to your physician and get their help in making an exercise program that will be safe for you and the baby and any guidelines you need to make sure that you are following during your pregnancy.
Some of the safe exercises that you can do while you are pregnant.
Walking–this is one of the best exercises for a pregnant woman to do during their whole pregnancy. This exercise is very good for the abdominal and knee muscles. Make sure that you start out walking slowly and slowly increase your speed. You should make sure that you are walking two to four times a week for at least thirty minutes. If it is difficult to walk for thirty minutes later in your pregnancy, make sure that you take breaks as needed during your walks.
Swimming–this is also another good exercise to do when you are pregnant because it can increase the flexibility and strength of different muscles of your body. When you are just floating on the water your body has a sense of buoyancy. This will help to reduce on a temporary basis the extra pressure that is exerted on your legs, the back, and body joints.
Cycling–if you can, you should take a bicycle ride for thirty minutes each day or you can use a stationary cycle instead. There are many women who like this exercise the best because they can exercise with having to carry the heavy body weight while they exercise.
Yoga–yes, there are some yoga exercises that is not recommended for pregnant women to do, but there are some different forms that a pregnant woman can do. These will focus upon stretching certain muscles of your body that can be stressed during your pregnancy and labor, but avoid that involves excessive stretching.
When you are doing any of these exercises if you start to feel any discomfort make sure that you stop and talk to your physician.