Medical professionals, obstetricians, and gynecologists agree that pregnancy workouts are important. Because being active and mobile helps in keeping pregnancy woes at bay.
In addition to keeping your weight in check, having boosted energy, an agile immunity system, and better mobility, you also get to return to your pre-pregnancy shape quickly after delivery. When it comes to working out during pregnancy, you don’t need to hit the gym or have fancy equipment. These workout regimens are simpler and easy to follow at home and you can do them on alternate days. However, you need to check with your doctor about the safety of your exercise program before you start it.
Important Considerations About Your Pregnancy Workouts
It is evident that you can’t continue your pre-pregnancy, regular workout regimen during these special months. But to avoid extra weight gain during pregnancy, you will need a whole new regimen that has to be safe, comfortable, and recommended by an expert. Therefore, let’s be specific. Here are some of the obvious and mandatory characteristics of your pregnancy workouts:
- Designed exclusively for pregnancy.
- Designed by a prenatal workout pro.
- Approved by your doctor.
- Considerate of your growing belly.
- Adaptive to every trimester.
- Keep you motivated.
Tips to Make Your Workouts Enjoyable
Whether pregnant or not, most people find it challenging to stay motivated for their workout regimens. However, during pregnancy, it can become a real struggle. There will be days when creeping out of the bed feels impossible, let alone huddling for exercise.
Amidst a variety of aches and pains, there are some other worries too. For instance, sleeping during pregnancy is not going very peaceful for you and you are well-rested. You don’t have the energy for it. Or, you are the only expectant mom in the gym. Or you are not too sure about how long you should do a particular exercise. And lastly, if you are following the same moves, the monotony will bore you.
Therefore, we are going to share some effective tips to enjoy your workout sessions according to the legit advice by pre and postnatal exercise specialists. So, get out of your pregnancy workout rut and feel happy, energized, and motivated with these simple tips.
Mix and Match
This is perhaps the most common concern. The same workout routine getting monotonous and boring. Therefore, adding variety to your exercise routine may spice things up a little. To avoid getting your body and mind bored, you need to get creative with your pregnancy workouts.
Moreover, if you are not sure, maybe you should consider one of the pre-designed pregnancy-specific programs. Experts have designed a range of workouts split up into multiple exercise blocks.
These workouts are quite comprehensive and include everything such as boxing, barre work, strength training, Pilates, cardio dance, cardio intervals, and core-specific pregnancy training.
Make Modifications Accordingly
With social media today, everyone has got a chance to share their advice as an expert. Not figuring out the safety of those workouts can be risky. Make sure you are using a program by an instructor who is certified and has authority in pre-natal and post-natal fitness. The common risks include organ prolapse, diastasis recti, and so on.
Therefore, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor about the safety of your chosen workout regimen. Also, your doctor will help you make appropriate changes to your exercise routine. Choosing the right moves will keep your pregnant body strong, energized, and comfortable. And that’s exactly the aim.
Consider Buddying Up
Having a supportive friend who also happens to be pregnant can be a real deal, especially while working out. Working out with people or even a trainer who is not pregnant (or worst, have never been pregnant) can be really frustrating. They have never experienced pregnancy and they are clueless about the ever-changing pregnant body.
Only someone who has gone through or going through the pregnancy woes and postpartum recovery. Such as feeling like your pelvic floor has gone through hell, to rehab abs, and to deal with all the new stretch marks and nagging pains. So, if you see another pregnant woman in the gym, don’t hesitate to buddy up.
Furthermore, you will have other common stuff to bong over such as skincare during pregnancy, baby shopping, decorating the baby’s room, and a lot more.
Let’s be honest. Pregnancy cravings are real! You can’t relate until you feel them. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, you will have this uncontrollable craving for a particular ice cream flavor.
Or, even if you are vegan and pregnant, you want to try honey-mustard wings in the middle of the night. Or, you start craving fettuccine pasta and actually start cooking it. The list is never-ending and it is different for every expectant mum.
However, we would suggest snacking healthy to stay energized for your workouts. To curb your cravings for unhealthy stuff, snack on veggies and fruits as much as you can. The more energy you have, the better it is for your workout and your baby.