Congratulations! You just found out you’re pregnant and all you can think of is your baby registry and everything you will need to care for your little bundle. But wait, you also need to make sure that you prepare yourself, not only mentally but physically, as your body will change as the baby is growing. What does this mean to you? It means that this is a great time to start healthier habits or to continue living healthily if you are already eating well and working out. Taking your prenatal vitamins is a good start, but staying hydrated and exercising, even if you never have, are very beneficial to you right now.
Most women think that once they find out they are pregnant they need to slow down or stop working out. On the contrary, the opposite is true. In fact, studies show those who exercise during pregnancy feel better throughout the pregnancy and have better deliveries. If you have been regularly exercising, you may be able to continue with the same routine pending how you feel and your doctor’s recommendation. As your pregnancy progresses, the type of exercise you do may have to be modified depending on what you were doing before you got pregnant.
If you were not exercising, then this is a great time to start. The benefits of exercise are not only good for you but also for the baby. Some examples of what would be safe during pregnancy are walking and yoga, specifically prenatal yoga. As with any activity, you want to have the right equipment; supportive sneakers for walking and a yoga mat, block or strap for yoga modifications. It is not recommended to try to progress to higher-level impact or ballistic movements, particularly if these are new to you. During pregnancy, our ligaments are lax and any extra strain on the joints can cause injury. If you are still unsure of what exercises to do or how to do them, come in for an evaluation to determine what would be appropriate for your level of fitness.