A few weeks ago I talked about the benefits of exercising while pregnant and gave some tips for working out while pregnant. Though exercising while pregnant is a great – not all workouts are good for pregnant ladies. Here are some of the best exercises to do while pregnant. Remember to always consult your physician before starting a new exercise program!
Kegel exercises consist of relaxing and contracting the muscles that form part of the pelvic floor. These are probably the most important exercise a pregnant woman can perform. Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles can help you in labor and delivery, can minimize bladder leaks and hemerroids and can help perineal healing.
Walking is easy – we do it everyday. Take those few extra steps if you feel up to it and walking is a great way to stay fit while you’re expecting.
Yoga is a great way to stay fit and relieve stress – especially when you are pregnant. So much so that yoga workouts specifically geared toward pregnant women – prenatal yoga – are very popular. When I was pregnant I practiced prenatal yoga several times a week – and in my last trimester I did it everyday. I practiced yoga before I was pregnant so I wanted a prenatal yoga routine that was rigorous enough for someone with yoga experience, but light enough for my pregnant body. My favorite workout was Jennifer Wolfe’s Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga DVDs. I loved that there was a long form and short form DVD and there were variations depending on what trimester you are in.
Water Aerobics / Swimming
Swimming and water aerobics are some of the safest exercises pregnant women can do. The water protects your muscles and joints while you raise your heart rate without overheating.
Remember to take it easy and stop if you are in pain. Stay healthy and keep enjoying your workouts while you are pregnant!