Exercise. It’s a love-hate relationship. Some live for it and well, some just can’t stand it. And if you’re pregnant, it’s just a must. Exercise during pregnancy is one of the best things you can do for yourself. From pre-tem labor to preparing for that grand finale – it helps and works wonders in so many ways. I know, the last thing you want to do at 8 months pregnant is get in a bathing suit feeling like a beached whale and go for a swim. Well, that is usually what I am thinking, to say the least. But it really is just as important as taking your prenatal vitamins. Wanna know why? Read on and thank me later, after your super-smooth delivery!
Below, find the best moves with a bump and just what exercises you should be doing during pregnancy!
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Forget Forcepts 2 of 15Some facts for you: Regular excercisers are 75% less likely to need a forecepts delivery, 55% less likely to have an episiotomy and 4X less likely to have a C-Section. That's enough inspiration right there!
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Hello, Beautiful. 3 of 15Excercise will enhance that pregnancy glow as it increases blood flow to your skin! Being fit shows!
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Labor, Easier? 4 of 15Of course, it's not definite but if your fit, you can give a little more during the pushing stage and are less likely to tire out. One study found that pregnant women who exercise were less likely to request pain meds during labor.
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No Swelling Here 5 of 15Your body retains tons of fluid during pregnancy, when you exercise it improves blood flow and can reduce swelling, sometimes eliminating it all.
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Low-Impact Aerobics 6 of 15If you are just begining, you should find a low-impact aerobics class with a certified teacher. It's a great way to tone your body, as well as keeping your lungs and heart strong.
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Happy Mom 7 of 15Everyone knows excercise boost endorphins and puts you in a better mood - you will get that prenatal "high".
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Just Keep Swimming 8 of 15It's one of the best ways to exercise during pregnant and hey, it makes you feel much lighter than you are!
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All About You 9 of 15Private time spent doing yoga or on a jog may be the last minutes you have all ALONE.
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No Counting Sheep 10 of 15Most pregnant women who excercise fall asleep faster and slumber nice and smooth. No tossing and turning here!
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More Energy 11 of 15On days when you just feel absolutely exhausted, even a 15-minute walk can help. Walking is the one excercises you can do until your water breaks.
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Weight Training 12 of 15Strength training is the best way to stayed toned before delivery. However, you should avoid any excercises that avoid laying on your back and heavy weights.
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Cycling 14 of 15Each case if different but stationary bikes are safe even if you've never exercised before. Spinning is a great way to boost your heart rate too. Best part? Lean on the handle-bars for comfort.
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Yoga Heals 15 of 15Stressed out? Want to stay calm? Prenatal yoga has emphasis on mediation and breathing - all things to help with a less tense labor.
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