Physical Activities During And After Pregnancy

Physical Activities During And After Pregnancy

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Exercising regularly is a significant part of pregnancy women's care routine. Scientific evidence proves that easy physical activity offers several benefits to a pregnant woman. They benefit the baby too.  Therefore, simple activities have always been a part of pregnancy care. Pregnant women must engage in a physical activity of their choice. It can lower the likelihood of any problems during labour and pregnancy. So, let's explore this concept thoroughly.

Advantages of physical activities:

For a pregnant woman, without any health complications, physical activity can offer following benefits:

  • Strengthen the abdominal and other muscles for labour and delivery
  • Regulate mood swings and relieve stress
  • Improve pregnant woman's blood circulation, posture, quality of sleep, and energy levels
  • Prevent and ease some potential pain and discomforts.  E.g.: swelling, leg cramps, shortness of breath, backache, varicose veins and constipation
  • Lower the risk of potential pregnancy-related ailments, for example, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia

The exercise promotes weight loss after the delivery. It prevent postpartum depression and contribute to new mother's good health too.

Activity tips:

Several benefits clearly outweigh any disadvantages. However, any due pregnancy care is a must. Therefore, here are some useful tips for pregnant women engaging in a physical activity.

  • Pregnant women Start with a warm-up and end with a cool down.
  • The nature of exercise has to be light and easy. If a pregnant woman is uncomfortable, out of breath or tired, it is too intense.
  • Don't put too much pressure on the back after the first trimester.
  • Jerky, bouncing, and high-impact movements must be avoided. Losing balance can be dangerous pregnant women up to delivery.
  • Pay attention to your environment. It shouldn't be a high altitude place, extremely humid or hot place.   

In spite of due pregnancy care, women may have few complaints. Expecting mother must stop exercising and contact gynaecologist if she has following complaints. 

  • Dizziness
  • Pain in head, chest, or abdomen
  • Calf pain or swelling
  • Blurred vision
  • Fluid leaking from the vagina
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Less fetal movement
  • Contractions

Types of activities:

9 months of pregnancy and process of delivery may include several health challenges. Surprisingly, these simple exercises offer a rewarding experience for expecting and new mothers. So, select any one of the following physical activities as a part of pregnant woman's daily care routine.

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Stretches
  • Pilates
  • Wight training
  • Aerobics
  • Dance

So, which exercise will you consider during pregnancy and after delivery?


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