10 Exercises for pregnant mommies Featured

How do you keep in shape while this precious life grows inside you? Read here for some tips.

It’s one of the things most pregnant moms think about. Apart from the fuzzy, wonderful, incredible and amazing feelings that come with finding out you are pregnant!
Moomie has come up with suggestions that might be right up your alley to prepare your body for childbirth, while at the same time boosting your mood (we all know about how loony some of us get!). It can also help to improve your sleep and – believe it or not – help in reducing muscle aches and pains that definitely do accompany pregnancy.

Choose what suits you best out of these ten and remember to have fun while you’re at it!

1. Walking.
Yes, walking. It keeps you fit without jarring your knees and ankles. You don’t need any fancy equipment and you can do it anywhere throughout your pregnancy, even if you choose the treadmill.

2. Swimming.
A wonderful swim is one of the best and safest exercises for a pregnant mom. The cardiovascular benefits are great, your arms and legs get a good workout and despite any extra weight you are carrying, you will feel completely weightless for a while. – Worth it just for that!

3. Dancing.
Pump up the volume and dance around the house, just don’t try the jumps and twirls!

4. Aerobics.
Join other moms-to-be in an aerobic class that will keep you reassured that you will not be doing anything to harm your baby or your body, while at the same time toning your body.

5. Yoga.
Add a good yoga class to your walking, swimming or dancing routine to keep that muscle tone and flexibility without impacting on your joints.

6. Weights.
Yup. Weight training. Provided that you are using controlled, slow movements, will go a long way to toning and strengthening your muscles, good preparation for the weightlifting of your bundle of joy to come.

7. Running.
If you have an uncomplicated pregnancy and the permission of your doctor then running is another great workout, but start slowly. Especially if you have never run before and make sure you warm up before for at least 10 minutes and cool down with a gentle walk for the same amount of time you take to warm up.

8. Squatting.
Squat, no matter how undignified you feel. The abs-strengthening benefits and toning for your bottom and legs make it all well worthwhile. Just make sure you do them with your feet hip-width apart and only go down as far as is comfortable.

9. Pelvic tilts.
Do your pelvic tilts all the way through, your back is going to need it every step of the way and these will also strengthen your abdominal muscles.

10. Bicep curls.
Bicep curls, another great way to prepare for the lifting to come! Stick to a pair of three to five pound dumbbells (between 1.5kg & 2.5kg), one in each hand with palms facing out, and on your knees, slowly curl the weights in towards your shoulders, the focus is on slow and controlled, not a rock ‘n roll session. Aim for two sets of 12 to 15, you will be amazed at what the simplicity of this can do for your arms.

Whatever you do, make sure that you remain hydrated, don’t exercise in the heat of the day or overdo it, make sure to always warm up and cool down, and above all, enjoy the miracle of what is happening and of what is to come!

*Disclaimer. Please remember to ALWAYS consult your doctor before you do any exercises whilst pregnant. We are only giving suggestions that you can discuss with your doctor.

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