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What Exercise Program Will Best Prepare Me For Pregnancy?


If you're planning on getting pregnant soon, you'll want to know the best exercise program for you. Whether you need to lose a few pounds to be at your ideal weight, or are a really active person who just wants to tone, a good preconception exercise routine will help prepare your body and mind for pregnancy.

First, you must be prepared for your body to change during pregnancy. While you can control some aspects of weight gain and physical fitness, a lot of it has to do with genetics. You may gain a few pounds and barely look pregnant, or balloon up in the second trimester. So, you must be mentally and physically prepared to accept whatever happens to your body during pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor about the right preconception exercise program that' right for you. If you have certain health problems, you may need to avoid certain workouts. Your physician can also get you on the right track with the vitamins and nutrients you'll need to make sure you're getting before you get pregnant.

The fitness routine that's right for you during preconception have a lot to do with how fit you already are. What activities do you already do? If you are very active and fit, you can continue with your exercise program, but if you are just starting out you'll need to increase intensity slowly to avoid fatigue and injury.

Once you become pregnant, you'll need to continue with a good fitness regimen for your health and the health of your baby. Exercise during pregnancy can also mean a shorter, faster labor. A number of women have Caesarean sections because they simply run out of energy, and can't push anymore. Focus on building your upper body strength before and during your pregnancy, so that when you're in the delivery room you'll have more stamina and endurance for labor.

Alternate exercises each time you work out upper body weight training and strengthening one day, and then cardio activities such as jogging and aerobics the next. To tone your body, swimming and yoga are ideal types of exercise, and you can continue these activities late into your pregnancy.

Don't forget about the emotional benefits of exercise too! Exercise releases endorphins, which makes you feel happier and healthier. Trying to conceive can get stressful for couples, and exercise can help you focus on breathing and relaxation rather than worrying and obsessing about conception.

 


 
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