As we enter the stage of pregnancy, our body starts to change for obvious reasons, dealing with those changes can be a frustrated. In my personal experience dealing with those changes has been easy, growing a little person inside my belly has been the most gratifying experience I can ask for.
Every pregnancy is different, each women get some symptoms or no symptoms at all, and hitting the gym or going for a walk it’s the last thing on your mind.
But did you know that a simple walk can improve your mood, ease labor and recover quickly….
If you need some motivation to start working out, LISTEN.. I’m here for you and I’m in the same stage your in so soon to be moms you are NOT ALONE! Don’t be afraid to reach out when you need to be heard.
For all our life we have been taught that exercising is good for our overall health and why stop when we are at the most important stage of our body. During pregnancy getting up and move has many beneficial reasons. Be open minded and get use to the idea that your body WILL NOT be able to do the over exhausting exercises you where use doing nor having a sedentary life will be okay. Exercising throughout pregnancy doesn’t guarantee loosing weight since it comes in handy eating a balance healthy diet nor a quick recovery but it can help you get comfortable in your own body.
But before I get to the benefits of exercising while pregnant its so important to listen to your body and take care of it, be sure to get cleared by your doctor before starting any exercise routine during your pregnancy.
What are some of the benefits of exercising while pregnant?
- Improves your Hearts Health- By strengthening your heart you are prepping your body for labor and delivery.
- It helps lower the possibility of Gestational Diabetes.
- Boost our mood- Exercising helps us releases endorphins that helps improve mood while reducing stress and anxiety.
- Lower Blood Pressure- A simple walk has shown to help control our blood pressure.
- Ease Pelvic and Back Pain- Strengthening our abs and back helps lower pressure as our belly grows. But be careful when doing exercise and avoid any moves that may hurt your back.
- Helps our digestion- A simple 30 minute walk around the block has shown to help move our bowel movement.
- Helps get back on track post delivery- Our muscles have memory and if you have been working out while pregnant when we get back on track it will help the muscle remember, helping us recover faster.
While working out has many benefits we should ALWAYS BE CAREFUL what we do so we don’t harm ourselves and our baby.
- Avoid any contact sports, activities that have the high risk of falling, and high impact workouts.
- Stop when you start feeling any pain in your stomach.
- Stay hydrated at all times.
- Workout with a pace that you can still maintain a conversation.
- Don’t lie down on your belly or back for long periods of time.
While working out is important don’t forget to eat healthy during your pregnancy. It’s the most important stage of our life and we need more nutrients that what we normally need. Good quality protein, iron, folic acid and iodine for starters. It’s so important to get enough calcium to support our musculoskeletal, circulatory and nervous system, preventing us from preeclampsia and improving our body and baby’s infant bone health.
Make smart food choices so we can have a healthy pregnancy and a more healthier baby. PLEASE EAT! Variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat dairy products, good quality protein and healthy fats. Reduce your consumption of sugary drinks and added sugar, pre pack food since the are full of saturated fats and high amounts of sodium. Limit yourself from refined starches such as cookies, pastries, white breads, etc.
Try to eat as clean as possible with here and there something that you enjoy, in my case its Street Corn Elote and some Avocado Oil Potato Chips from Siete foods!
HAVE A HEALTHY AND HAPPY PREGNANCY!
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