While pregnancy can be a challenge, as it can be exhausting both physically and emotionally, a regular exercise routine can help alleviate much of your stress and discomfort. More importantly, an exercise routine can give you the necessary strength in advance of going into labor.
It’s important to recognize that you shouldn’t try to push yourself to your maximize fitness level – rather, you should aim for a half hour of moderate exercise, according to a routine approved by your physician. Walking and working out with a certified trainer are good options, and you should always make sure you are in the right condition before beginning your exercise routine. There are a variety of low impact exercises, such as light aerobics, laps in a pool or stationary cycling which can be ideally suited for pregnancy.
Impact sports and intensive contact exercise should generally be avoided, and you should keep your heart rate at a moderate level, ideally staying in moderate temperature environments. Look for exercise maternity clothing, so that you can comfortably enjoy your exercise as a release point. Check in regularly with your physician and trainer as to how your program is progressing as you approach your due-date – often times, your doctor may recommend important adjustments in your routine, and you should communicate these suggestions with your doctor.