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Pregnant? Is Exercise Right for You?

Many women worry about the weight gain that is inextricable with pregnancy.  You often hear women talking about their bodies before and after baby, and how  pregnancy really wreaked havoc on their body’s shape and their ability to lose  weight. Since we live in such a body-image obsessed world, in which flawlessly  skinny celebrities are often held as the ideal, weight worries can be a major  danger zone for pregnant women, especially for those who worship at the temple  of diet and exercise. This body-image mania can lead to under-eating and  over-exercising during pregnancy. Let’s take a look at the ways that exercise  can healthily be practiced during pregnancy in order to help you avoid doing any  harm to your developing baby.

Regular, light exercise during pregnancy can help you feel good and keep your  body moving and healthy. Light exercise such as stretching, yoga, and taking  long walks can be really helpful and keep your muscles loose and your body and  its metabolic processes running smoothly. Light exercise can also help prevent  gestational diabetes, relieve stress, and build the stamina needed for the  eventual labor and delivery.

Cardio during pregnancy can be ok, but you have to remember that cardio  raises your core temperature, and your baby already has a higher body temp than  you do-thus, too much cardio can overheat you and baby and lead to exhaustion  and fatigue. When it comes to cardio, only you can know your limits, but you  need to be aware that however you are feeling, your developing baby feels the  same way only ten-fold. This is why it is best to limit your cardio workouts  during pregnancy-you don’t want to overdo it and put yourself and your baby at  risk.

Some women are actually not allowed to exercise during pregnancy. This  includes women who have experienced recurrent miscarriages, are prone to  pregnancy bleeding, have a weak cervix, a low placenta, or a history of  premature births. Exercise can disrupt these women’s delicate bodies and cause  miscarriage and premature birth. If you fall into one of these risk categories,  limit your pregnancy activity to easy walks and simple stretches, but be sure to  consult your doctor on what is safest for you.

Fitness during pregnancy is not a no no-you can definitely exercise and keep  your body in shape while carrying your developing little one. The important  thing is to know your own body, know if you fall into any of the exercise risk  categories, and have a good rapport with your doctor so that you can get advice  about the best pregnancy exercise route for you. However, remember that your  life is not only about you anymore-everything you are doing is now affecting  your baby. If that means you have to gain a little weight and it puts a little  wear and tear on your figure then so be it. Your baby’s health should be the  only driving force behind your pregnancy habits, plain and simple.

About the Author

Maureen Hamilton is an Integrated Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master  Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and a Demartini Method Facilitator. Maureen has  previously worked in many areas of health in Australia as well as overseas. Her  health background includes training in general and midwifery nursing, mental  health and children’s behavioural issues (including the effects of emotional  trauma especially in children). Maureen is very much involved in promoting and  assisting people to obtain optimal health and is absolutely committed to helping  people to stop smoking and/or lose weight naturally using Hypnosis and  NLP.
If you would like to find out more, visit and and talk to Maureen about  your requirements.

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