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Maintaining a regular exercise routine is undeniably beneficial- it helps you stay healthy and feel your best. But what about when you’re pregnant? Is it safe? Does it even do the baby any good?
Exercise during pregnancy can keep weight gain in check, improve posture, decrease backaches or fatigue, reduce your risk of gestational diabetes, and even help you build the stamina you need for labor and delivery.
Not only that, studies have shown that women who exercised during their third trimester gave birth to babies with less body fat. “Prenatal exercise may reduce the amount of glucose and fats mothers make available to their babies, helping them grow more optimally,” says Dana Dabelea, MD, PhD, associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Public Health, and author of the study.
So, what exercises can a momma with a protruding tummy do?
Most exercises are safe to perform, as long as you understand your limits and practice caution at all times. Swimming, brisk walking, or even low-impact aerobics are possible, under the supervision of a certified instructor. Personal instructors who specialize in prenatal exercises are able to customize workout routines according to your comfort levels. As you progress in your pregnancy, certain modifications will need to be made such as not lifting heavy weights over head or in any position that would make you strain, not laying prone and not putting your head below your heart. A personal trainer can ensure your safety while helping you optimize your health as well as your baby’s.
Article source: fitpregnancy.com