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Baby Bump and Burpees: Everything You Need To Know About Exercising Whilst Pregnant

In this article we’ll be talking about exercising during pregnancy and how to safely stay active for a healthy and happy pregnancy. If you’re the dad-to-be reading this, you can use this to support your partner.

We’ll cover:

  • The Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy
  • Exercising Safely While Pregnant, Including Tips for Runners
  • Fun Exercise Ideas for Expecting Mothers

The Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy

Aside from keeping you fit, exercising during pregnancy can have a number of benefits, including:

  • Reducing pregnancy-related discomforts, like back pain and constipation
  • Improving sleep quality and reducing stress
  • Preparing your body for childbirth
  • Reducing the risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia
  • Promotes a healthy weight gain during pregnancy
  • Decreases the risk of postnatal depression by 25%
pregnant lady and child workout together

Exercising Safely Whilst Pregnant

When exercising during pregnancy, it’s important to take certain precautions to ensure both you and your baby stay safe. Here are some tips to help you exercise safely:

  • Talk to your doctor: Always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program during pregnancy to ensure it’s safe for you and your baby. This is especially the case if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercising to prevent dehydration.
  • Avoid overheating: Don’t exercise in hot, humid weather or in saunas or hot tubs.
  • Choose low-impact exercises: Stick to low-impact exercises like walking, swimming ( – if already an experienced swimmer), or prenatal yoga to reduce the risk of injury. If you’re a runner, you can still keep running until you feel comfortable to do so (as long as you don’t have a complicated pregnancy) but just remember to adhere to all the above statements whilst running. Find out more from Runners World here.
  • Listen to your body: If something doesn’t feel right, stop and take a break. Don’t push yourself too hard, especially during the later stages of pregnancy.
pregnant lady having fun exercising whilst dancing

Fun Exercise Ideas for Expecting Mothers

Who says exercising while pregnant can’t be fun? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists state 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week is ideal for pregnant mums. Although useful, that all sounds a bit boring and guideline-y, so here are a few ideas to get you moving and grooving:

  • Take a prenatal dance class: Salsa, hip hop, or even belly dancing – pick your favourite and dance your way to a healthier pregnancy.
  • Go for a swim: Swimming is a great low-impact exercise that’s easy on the joints and helps you stay cool in the summer heat.
  • Try prenatal yoga: Yoga is a great way to stretch, strengthen, and relax during pregnancy. Plus, you might meet some other expectant mamas to swap baby name ideas with. Just no poses that make you lie flat on your back, your blood pressure won’t like it.
  • Get walking: Walking is a simple and effective way to stay active during pregnancy. Plus, you can take your furry friend or a friend along with you for some company.

Remember, exercising during pregnancy doesn’t have to be a chore. Find an activity that you enjoy, take it easy, and don’t forget to have a laugh or two along the way!

Stay fit and fabulous, mamas!

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