As your belly grows and you prepare yourself for the life-changing act of childbirth, exercise can often fall by the wayside. But did you know that even the easiest of workouts can have a significant impact on your health and the health of your baby?
Light exercise can reduce bloating and swelling, boost energy, improve your mood, help you sleep better, and better prepare your body for labor. All without over exerting yourself!
Below are three simple exercises that pack an impact:
1. Wall-Assisted Lunges
Lunges are one of the most common thigh and buttock exercises, but during pregnancy lowering your body becomes more of a balancing act than normal. So, why not lean against a wall in your home with one hand while you squat? That way, your legs and lower body still enjoy the advantages of the workout, but you can feel more secure as you go through the motions. It’s a win/win!
2. Wide-Knee Child’s Pose (Yoga)
While a variety of yoga poses work wonders on the pregnant body, this pose, in particular, offers great results. It relieves the pressure from your stomach and gives your back a much-needed break. This is also an excellent way to gently stretch your thighs and hips without pushing them to discomfort or feeling an exercise burn later.
3. Low Impact Water Aerobics
Nothing is better for pregnancy belly than the buoyancy provided by a swimming pool. It is easy on your joints, makes your body feel weightless, but still gets your heart rate going and helps improve your flexibility. During a water aerobics class, you’ll do exercises like leg lifts, arm curls, and even cardio – all in the water! A must-try option for any mom-to-be!
Remember that as you exercise, it’s important to be aware of how your body is feeling and what your personal level of comfort is. Never push yourself to the point of soreness or irritation. Also, be sure to keep hydrated before, during and after your workout. Your body is a finely-tuned vessel carrying precious cargo. While you want to keep it in healthy condition, exhaustion can be detrimental to the well-being of your baby.
It’s all about finding the right balance for you!