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How to Keep Fit and Toned During Pregnancy

By Brown Ezilon.com Articles Published 10/14/2011 | Pregnancy

Just because you are pregnant does not mean you should give up all type of exercising. On the contrary, this is when you need to get your blood flowing properly and allow your baby, which is forming to get all the oxygen and nutrients it can to develop properly.

The important issue to keep in mind during pregnancy is that exercise must be safe. You will need to take extra care, however, this does not mean exercising less, and it simply means you will have to understand which your bodys limits are.

Even though exercising during your pregnancy can be beneficial, there are certain risks involved that may be detrimental. Be sure to check in with your doctor or midwife to ensure that you are able to exercise during pregnancy.

Once you have the go-ahead from your physician, keep them updated with how you are doing. Are you experiencing fatigue or pain while you are exercising during your pregnancy? Be sure to let them know if you are. It is important to be careful while exercising. If you are in doubt, then check in with your physician. It is also very important to remember that exercising during pregnancy means you are trying to maintain your physical condition not your physical fitness.

Finding a pregnancy exercise that you enjoy and being able to fit into your schedule is important. You will soon notice the benefits of exercising during pregnancy, and this will spur you on to exercise regularly.

There are two important stages in exercising when pregnant; the warming up and cooling down phases. Even with an exercise such as walking, this will help you to avoid and prevent muscle soreness and stiffness. Try to include 5 to 15 minute sessions of warming up and cooling down while you exercise during your pregnancy.

The best warm up activity is one that is kept at a low-intensity, rhythmic activity, such as walking, or riding a stationary bike. Follow that up with slow, controlled stretches, before proceeding with a higher level of activity. A gentle cool down is also important as you exercise during pregnancy. In order to have an effective cool down, stretch each muscle, one at a time. Gentle toning pregnancy exercises are safe if you keep them to a moderate level. You might also try to include relaxation or deep-breathing exercises as well.

Pregnant women should not exercise for longer than 30 minutes. Even though you may feel good, and that you can keep going, your pregnant body can only handle so much. A good workout program at the beginning of your pregnancy is one that is performed three times a week.

Throughout your pregnancy, you should aim to exercise moderately. Keep in mind that your aim is not to improve your physical fitness, rather to maintain your body shape. Overtraining can be damaging to you and your body, as well as your baby's. Learn how to take your pulse, and do not exceed 15 to 20 beats per minute more than normal. If you find it difficult to talk while you are exercising, you might be exercising too heavily for your pregnant condition.