5 Great Exercises for a Healthy Pregnancy

1. Walking:

Walking is an excellent way to keep your body moving during pregnancy. If you were a runner before pregnancy then you may still be able to run during pregnancy. But even if you weren’t active before pregnancy, you can still start a healthy walking routine. Start out walking 10 minutes a day and work up to eventually walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

2. Yoga:

Many cities have yoga studios that offer prenatal yoga. If you can’t find a local yoga studio or yoga classes, there are lots of DVDs to purchase that are equally excellent. Yoga provides more than just exercise, it allows for meditation, stretching and time to focus on your baby.

3. Tailor Sitting:

You know the best part of this exercise? It doesn’t feel like one! Tailor sitting helps to improve posture and strengthen your pelvic area, thigh and hip muscles. As this position becomes more comfortable you can try to press your knees towards the floor for a better stretch.

4. Kegel Exercises:

Kegel exercises help strengthen the muscles that support the bladder, uterus, and bowels. By strengthening these muscles during your pregnancy, you can develop the ability to relax and control the muscles in preparation for labor and birth. Kegel exercises are also highly recommended during the postpartum period to promote the healing of perineal tissues, increase the strength of the pelvic floor muscles, which helps these muscles return to a healthy state, and increase urinary control.

5. Swimming:

If you have access to a pool during pregnancy, jump in! The water helps to take the weight of your belly off of your back, giving you an incredible weightless sensation. While enjoying this weightless feeling, try some moderate water aerobics or swim laps if you are up to it.

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