No matter what age one is in, having sufficient amount of exercise is always a good thing. Exercise for expectant women, in particular, is very important because it helps them maintain just the right weight and prepare their bodies for delivery.
One will notice also how pregnant women are breaking the boundaries as to what forms of exercise are safe to practice - for example, prenatal yoga, which involves a combination of different poses and stances that help ease back pains while promoting strength and flexibility.
Another pregnancy exercise is hydroaerobics, where infanticipating mommies do a routine similar to what they would do in a gym, but in a body of water. This way, there is less impact and pain on the joints, bones, and muscles of the pregnant woman.
Still another preggy exercise is pilates, which involves low-impact exercises and smooth movements to help strengthen the abdominal muscles. Similar to yoga, it helps lessen the aches brought about by pregnancy, as well as other discomforts such as shortness of breath, morning sickness, and fatigue, among others. These are just a few of the exercises pregnant women can try out.
Until when is it safe for a pregnant woman to exercise, and just how much exercise can be done? A recent study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology reveals that it’s actually safe even until the third trimester. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a pregnant woman should get at least two and a half hours of medium-intensity exercise each week.
Says study author Dr. Linda Szymanski, "Healthy pregnant women who exercise should be encouraged to continue, and if a woman is pregnant and is not an exerciser, she should be encouraged to start a moderate exercise program."