When it comes to pregnancy, people tend to become extremely protective of the to-be mom. The older, experienced women create lists of things that pregnant women should and shouldn’t do. Some of these things are rooted in superstition and can seem a tad paranoid. However they are cautious for a reason, pregnancy calls for proper care and support to the expectant mother. When exercising, the care and support become even more prominent. Most common exercise mistakes can easily be avoided. And, some of the most common mistakes include:
1. Don’t Overdo It
If you’re expecting a baby, you will no doubt take great care of your diet and body. Especially if you’re addicted to regular exercise, it can be hard to dial down your effort. However while pregnant, it is better to lean on the side of conservatism and exercise moderately. Over exercising can lead to health complications like dizziness, swelling and palpitations. If your heart is set on exercising, keep it to a maximum of 30 mins of low-intensity activity a day.
2. Performing Dangerous Exercises
While you’re pregnant, it’s better to avoid exercises that lead to complications to you and your baby in the future. Exercises like crunches and leg raises or any other exercise in which you need to lie on the ground should be avoided. Such exercise may exert too much pressure on the vena cava, a major vein in the body. It is responsible for blood flow to the lower part of your body. Damaging it could lead to reducing blood flow, dizziness and unconsciousness. Pick exercises that are not very strenuous, and always stretch before you begin a workout.
Dehydration can cause significant problems even if you aren’t pregnant. It poses all sorts of problems to your system. Your body can overheat; it can affect digestion and even lead to unconsciousness. Because of these side effects, it is always advisable to keep a bottle of water with you at all times. While you’re working out, remember to take small sips periodically to ensure you replace the fluids your body loses via sweat.
4. Focusing On The Wrong Exercises
Several exercises can be potentially dangerous while you’re pregnant, and you should avoid. These include lying on your back or anything that depresses your spine and puts too much pressure on your abdominal wall. However, barring these, you could still go about your regular exercise routine. For example: Don’t switch to an all cardio routine i.e. cycles, treadmills as your body requires a balanced approach to exercise to receive the full benefit of exercise.
5. Don’t Stop Exercising
Many women fall into this trap; they prefer avoiding the “risk” of exercising while pregnant. As long as you avoid risky activities and make sure you aren’t alone while performing your exercises, it will be fun. Exercising keeps your body functioning well and coupled with a healthy diet means you can remain in great shape even when you’re pregnant.
While some of the side effects of pregnancy like morning sickness can affect your daily routine, you can continue to exercise frequently as long as your careful. So, get those running shoes out or head to the gym and get started.
Aradhana is a writer from India. Her areas of knowledge include parenting, children with special needs, health and lifestyle. She loves being outdoors and her hobbies include cycling and hiking. She is a food lover and is always on the lookout for the latest trends in health. She has a special interest in children with special needs and parenting and shares her experiences through her other passion, writing. She writes to share her knowledge so that it may help others. Her posts on these subjects have been published on more than 200+ various reputed sites like the Huffington post, she knows, www.Momjunction.com and many more. Aradhana writes to inspire and motivate people to adopt healthy habits and live a stress-free lifestyle.