Almost all women can, and should, take part in about 30 minutes of moderate to light exercise per day. There are so many reasons why women should continue to exercise once they become pregnant, so we’ve picked out the top 6 benefits that will come from a good workout during your pregnancy.
- Energy Booster
It seems like since you have been pregnant, you always feel more tired than usual. Light exercise can help boost your energy throughout the day because it strengthens both your muscles and your cardiovascular system, making both everyday chores or a day in the office easier.
As your body changes throughout pregnancy, your center of balance changes, which means that your muscles are working differently to support your body. Understandably, this can lead to aches and pains. Stretching regularly can not only help your muscles to better support your changing body, but can also help prepare you for labor. Try practicing these stretches regularly throughout your pregnancy.
Yogi Squat (Malasana)
Desi Bartlett, Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Yoga Instructor, says that her favorite move from her DVD, Prenatal Yoga, is the yogi squat or malasana. For this move, Desi says to sit in a deep squat, with your toes slightly turned out and your bottom nearly touching the floor. If your heels are not able to touch the floor while in this position, Desi recommends putting a yoga block or pillow under your bottom for support. This one is especially great to help open your hips and prepare your body for labor and delivery.
Incorporate the Fit Mama Prenatal Workout into your stretching routine.
We know the manta of five small meals a day but when you’re pregnant, sometimes you want just a snack. They’re a great way to keep you feeling energized throughout the day, as long as you’re reaching for the right things. Andrea from Dietetic Directions recommends pairing a carbohydrate with a protein to give you energy and keep you feeling full.
Pear and Almonds
Andrea suggests a juicy pear (or other fruit!) with 1/4 cup of almonds for a snack. The pear is a source of carbohydrates and a great way to satisfy any sweet cravings, while the almonds are a source of protein and fat to keep you feeling satisfied. Continue reading