Exercising While Pregnant: A Guide by Longevity Nexum for Expecting Mothers

Pregnancy can bring a lot of changes to a woman’s body, but with the right approach, exercise can help make these changes easier to manage. Regular physical activity during pregnancy can improve mood, increase energy levels, reduce stress, and even help prepare the body for labor and delivery. In this blog, we’ll provide you with some tips to help you safely exercise while pregnant.

  1. Consult with your healthcare team: Before starting any exercise program during pregnancy, it’s important to consult with your doctor, physiotherapist, and/or your kinesiologist. They’ll be able to assess your overall health and make sure you’re ready for physical activity. They may also provide you with specific recommendations based on your individual circumstances.
  2. Focus on low-impact activities: High-impact activities like running or jumping can be challenging during pregnancy and may increase the risk of injury. Instead, focus on low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, and yoga, which are safe and effective ways to stay active.
  3. Stay hydrated: Exercise can increase your body’s need for water, so it’s important to stay hydrated during and after your workout. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise to help your body perform at its best.
  4. Avoid high-risk activities: Certain activities such as contact sports, scuba diving, and hot yoga are not recommended during pregnancy. It’s important to avoid these activities to reduce the risk of injury and ensure the safety of both you and your baby.
  5. Listen to your body: Your body will be going through a lot of changes during pregnancy, and it’s important to listen to it. If you feel any pain or discomfort, stop exercising and talk to your doctor. Pay attention to your body’s signals and don’t push yourself too hard.
  6. Stay cool: Exercise can raise your body temperature, so it’s important to stay cool during and after your workout. Wear lightweight, breathable clothing and stay in a well-ventilated area to help regulate your body temperature.
  7. Make it fun: Finally, it’s important to make exercise enjoyable. Find activities that you enjoy and make time for them regularly. Whether it’s taking a walk in the park, attending a prenatal yoga class, or swimming, find something that you look forward to and stick with it.

In conclusion, exercising while pregnant can be a great way to support both your physical and emotional health. By focusing on low-impact activities, staying hydrated, avoiding high-risk activities, and making it fun, you can safely stay active and enjoy all the benefits that come with exercising during pregnancy. Just remember to listen to your body and consult with your doctor before starting any new program.

If you’re pregnant and looking to get moving, give us a call on (800) 963-4409 or shoot an email to info@longevitynexum.ca.

After your pregnancy has come to term and you’re looking to return to exercise, check out our blog on Postpartum Exercise