Prenatal Workouts That Will Help You Keep Your Body In Shape During Pregnancy
When I found out I was pregnant, it was overjoyed. I was also scared, nauseous, and worried I’d never see my waist again after I had my baby. This was when I was barely 6-weeks along. My hubby and I planned this pregnancy, and we decided that I would stay home with the baby and take some time off from corporate world. Something I wasn’t really sorry about, I was feeling pretty burned out and looking forward to walking a new path in life as a mom.
Good Advice About Prenatal Workouts
The first thing I did was inquire with my doctor about working out. Honestly, other than some half-hearted attempts at being a regular at the gym, which every January I’d be fulfilling that New Year’s resolution, by March I would have lots of excuses for not going to the gym and all working out fell to the wayside. My doctor said light exercise was a great way for me to prepare my body for the rigors of childbirth (the word “rigors” honestly scared me) and she suggested a few workouts for me to try, and gave me some sites online to check out.
Stretching Before Working Out
Before I would start on any of my prenatal workouts, I would spend some time on the floor while stretching out my body. Just like any other workout, warm up your muscles. I had excruciating leg cramps off and on during my pregnancy, however I quickly noticed I did not get them on days I worked out. I quickly made working out a part of each day. Just 10 minutes some days, others I would go close to 30 minutes of a light impact workout, but I started them all with simple stretches. I placed an exercise mat on the floor and would sit down with one leg pointed straight to the side and the other curled up towards me. I would hold the position for a bit and then rotate the legs so that each leg was able to stretch. I would also spread both my legs apart so that they were pointing in the opposite direction and I would place my head forward, basically towards the floor, to stretch my legs and upper-body at the same time.
I Find Out I Love Yoga
When I finished with my stretches, I immediately would get started with my routine. The type of routine I did each day would depend on how I was feeling. My doctor recommended yoga, and initially I scoffed. I really was not interested in yoga. After I started looking into it, often yoga was the main exercise I wound up doing. The lunge pose and chest opener were easy to learn and great stress relievers. I noticed that after doing the prenatal yoga for a bit, I was becoming more flexible, and working out became an easy task for me.
Prenatal yoga was just one of the prenatal workouts that I did during pregnancy. I also got paranoid my arms were getting a little flabby, and decided to start toning them since I was working out every day. I used 2lb weights and did light lifting. Obviously, I okayed this activity with my doctor and be sure you do to. She said it wasn’t entirely a good idea to get gung ho about weights if I had never lifted them prior to my pregnancy, but she said light toning weights would be fine. Obviously, if I experienced any pain, discomfort, or “it just didn’t feel right” – stop immediately. I can honestly say I think my arms looked better the day I had my baby than at any other time in my life. It has motivated me to keep it up.
Walking is Great Exercise
In between these exercises and my yoga, I would walk. I enjoyed talking my dog out at least once a day for a long walk, he liked it too. It made me realize how much I missed by being so attached to a desk job. If I ever had an inkling of regret about putting my career on hold, it vanished when I saw how awesome being a stay-at-home-mom had the potential to be.
Because I chose to workout during pregnancy, I noticed my labor went much easier, and I only had a few pounds to shed after giving birth. It was a lot easier to fit back into my pre-pregnancy jeans after having my son, and that is one of the reasons I encourage prenatal workouts for any expecting woman. If you’re like me and exercise prior to being pregnant wasn’t a major part of your lifestyle, just clear it with your doctor first.