Working out while you’re pregnant can bring a ton of benefits for both you and your baby. It is also beneficial for reducing common pregnancy ailments such as backache and fatigue. Of course, taking that in mind, high impact, plyometric exercises are out of the question. Instead, here are 6 exercises that are safe for pregnant women to perform.
What are the benefits of exercising while pregnant?
Let’s face it — pregnancy symptoms aren’t the most fun. Aches and pains throughout the body, backaches, postural problems. Exercises not only can help alleviate these symptoms, but also provide a dopamine high. This is great for those prone to depression and anxiety — regular exercise can help steer away from that.
How much should I exercise while pregnant?
Just like any regular person, pregnant women should aim for at least 30-minutes of physical activity, five days a week. Seems a little daunting? You’ll be glad to know that daily activities such as walking and housework count, too!
Are there any risks of exercising while pregnant?
Avoid high-impact exercises such as spinning and rebounding, hot yoga, and anything that can cause complications for you and your baby. Certain conditions will also rule of exercise during pregnancy, so check with your gynaecologist before starting just to make sure.
What are the best exercises for pregnant women?
As water is denser than air, you’ll feel lighter in water. Swimming will also help take the pressure of your joints, providing relief to swollen ankles and backaches. Just be careful of the slippery floors around the pool, and you’re good to go!
One of the easiest ways to get your daily exercise in, walking is something that we have to do everyday. The best part? You can continue walking all the way up to your delivery date!
Aerobics such as Zumba can also be a great way to keep in shape during pregnancy. Of course, avoid any high-impact movements such as jumping, and take it easy.
Pilates is a great low-impact exercise that can help strengthen and develop your core. Opt for a pre-natal pilates class, tailored specially for pregnant ladies.
Using the elliptical or stairmaster is no problem — just adjust the incline and speed to one that is comfortable for you.
Just like pilates, yoga is a great low-impact exercise that can help stretch your body — pre-natal yoga is also available. Avoid hot yoga and inversions as they may cause discomfort.
Where can I go for post-workout recovery?
Whether you are sore after a workout or feeling discomfort and aches from your growing belly, there are massage practitioners available just for mummies and pregnant ladies out there. Check out these Vaniday-approved salons.
Schonemama, located in Rochester Mall and Ngee Ann City, is one for all mummies out there. Providing pre-natal and post-natal massages, slimming solutions and other related services. In their gentle hands, you’ll feel right at home.
Beauty & Mums – Aesthetics Medical Centre
A one-stop maternity wellness centre, Beauty & Mums offers a host of beauty and wellness services for mums-to-be. Choose from a wide menu of services which include prenatal massage, Jamu massage, pre-natal yoga, lactation massage, facials and many more! Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you shouldn’t treat yourselves!
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Mother & Child Wellness
Mums and their babies need pampering too! Located along Orchard Road, Mother & Child Wellness specialises in providing the best care for mummies and babies, offering a series of comprehensive massages tailored to pampering all of the senses, both your’s and your baby’s! Using the most advanced technology and treatments, the trained and certified staff and therapists can help you ease your body, mind, and soul.
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