Being Active or Taking Rest During Pregnancy

Being Active or Taking Rest During Pregnancy

Exercise or staying active during one’s pregnancy is important as it is beneficial to both baby and mother. Even if you were sedentary pre-pregnancy beginning to be active now is good. Being active does not mean playing sports or joining a gym. You could begin by walking or taking the stairs whenever you can and that could get you active.

If you were sedentary –

  • Begin gradually and build up your workout sessions.
  • Try and reach a 30-minute non-stop activity at least 5 times a week. If you can’t reach this, do not worry, just try and do as much as you can.

If you have been active always –

  • If you have been running, continue to do while ensuring you do not overheat your body or get uncomfortable. Have sufficient fluids.
  • Avoid any form of contact sports – boxing, football, etc. or any sports that could result in a fall – horse riding, cycling, etc. You could try indoor cycling.

Overall when working out -

  • Swimming, Yoga, Pilates, etc. are good options to keep fit and relax during pregnancy.
  • Avoid anything that requires you to be on your back for long.
  • Stay hydrated; avoid overheating of the body.
  • Always try and do anything that increases your heartbeat and breathing counts – that is enough.
  • To know that you are doing the optimum level of exercise, ensure that you can talk without gasping for breath, if you do take it easy.
  • Remember to always listen to your body during the pregnancy. This is not the time to be pushing yourself, so if you feel uncomfortable – stop immediately.
  • In case your discomfort persists, you have increased discharge or experience pain – call your gynaecologist.