Pregnancy has undergone some radical changes throughout the history of the world. In years gone by, an expectant mother had a lot more to worry about than a few extra pounds. Childbirth was a major killer of women; and just a couple of generations ago, pregnant women were encouraged to lie in bed as long as possible to keep their organs from getting “dislodged.”
Nowadays, we know that an expectant mother requires a different level of care than other women, yet she’s not the frail little flower great-grandma was. The general consensus of obstetricians today is that regular exercise can only benefit both mother and child. If you’re pregnant, it’s in your best interest to prepare your body for labor. Here are a few things you can do:
- Take a walk. Walking is an excellent exercise to perform while you’re pregnant, and you can usually continue walking right up until the day you deliver.
- Take a yoga class. This will help you maintain flexible muscles and tendons.
- Develop a stretching routine to aid during labor and delivery; this is also an excellent time to practice breathing exercises that can help you focus.
Keeping yourself active during pregnancy can have all sorts of benefits. It can relieve lower back pain, improve your mood and help you maintain a healthy weight. If you’re thinking about starting a new exercise program, be sure to speak with your OB/GYN, chiropractor or other healthcare professional. They’ll help you learn how to care for your body while it’s caring for your baby.
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