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The Ultimate Guide to Exercise During Pregnancy

Are you worried about what all this eating for two is doing to your body? Have you ditched your old exercise routine because you’re worried it’s too aggressive for you now that you’re pregnant?

As you see the numbers on the scale creep up every week and your energy levels start to lower, the last thing you may feel like doing when you’re pregnant is exercising. But it’s exactly what you should be doing.

When done correctly, getting exercise while you’re pregnant is good for both you and your baby. As a side perk, it can help you cut down on all the extra junk in the trunk you’re starting to store up.

During my pregnancies, staying active helped keep me sane. It made me feel better -- both physically and emotionally. This guide will show you why you should consider exercise during pregnancy and hopefully it’ll help you find motivation to do so.


40 Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy

Are you worried about what all this eating for two is doing to your body? Have you ditched your old exercise routine because you’re worried it’s too aggressive for you now that you’re pregnant? As you see the numbers on the scale creep up every week and your energy levels start to lower, the last thing you may feel like doing when you’re pregnant is exercising. But it’s exactly what you should be doing. Click here to learn how to stay fit and healthy during pregnancy #pregnancy #fitness #exercise
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There are no shortcuts in life, no matter how much we wish there were sometimes. And pregnancy is one of those times we would like a shortcut -- it would be nice to ditch some of the aches and pains, hardship on our bodies and the worry that comes along with carrying another life in your belly.

While women will always have to tough out the full nine months of pregnancy, exercise is one of the biggest things you can do to help both yourself and your baby. It helps in every aspect of your pregnancy. Let’s take a look at 40 of the big benefits of exercising during pregnancy.

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Physical benefits of exercise during pregnancy

Physical Perks for Moms

Emotional benefits of exercise during pregnancy

Emotional Encouragement for Moms

Benefits of exercise for pregnant women in labor

Assistance for Moms in Labor

Benefits of pregnancy exercise after labor

Benefits for Moms After Labor

Benefits of pregnancy exercise for baby

Bonuses for Your Baby


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Risks of Exercise During Pregnancy

Exercise during pregnancy isn’t without risk. But doctors continue to recommend it because, despite its risks, it gives both you and your baby the best chance at health.

For certain women, exercise should be avoided during pregnancy because it can endanger their health or the health of their baby. At other times, doctors recommend exercise just as they would with any other pregnancy, but they’re unaware of a problem that’s developing like uncontrolled high blood pressure.

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Don’t pursue any aerobic exercise if you:

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Consult your doctor exercise if you:

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Warning signs to watch out for:


15 Rules for Safe Exercise During Pregnancy

While there’s no guarantee that following any rules will safeguard your and your baby’s health during pregnancy, they can give you a better chance of getting to the delivery room safely for both of you.

Here are 15 rules you should consider following.

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exercise schedule

Do It Consistently

walking shoes

Do Some Walking and Stretching

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Don’t Jump to Your Feet

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Stay Away From Heat

Know Your Limits

free movement

Move Around -- Don’t Stand Still

sit ups

Stay Off Your Back

water bottle

Stay Hydrated

weightlifting

Don’t Go From Zero to Hero

fitness clothing

Keep Your Clothes Loose

stationary bike

Stay With Doctor-Approved Sports

pregnancy diet

Don’t Skimp On the Calories

maternity doctor

Always Check With Your Doctor

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Change Exercises as Your Body Changes

dangerous sports

Stay Away From High-Altitude Activities


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Safe Exercises for Each Trimester

Each trimester will have its own specific challenges and needs. By understanding what exercises are appropriate for each one, you’ll be better informed to keep both you and your baby safe.

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1st trimester pregnancy exercise

First Trimester Exercises

2nd trimester pregnancy exercise

Second Trimester Exercises

3rd trimester pregnancy exercise

Third Trimester Exercises


YouTube pregnancy workouts

10 Pregnancy Workouts You Can Try on YouTube

If you are looking for a variety of workouts to incorporate into your routine to keep it fresh, here are some of the best ones on YouTube you might want to check out.

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Prenatal cardio workout

Cardio Workout

Prenatal bodyweight workout

Bodyweight Workout

Short prenatal workout

Short Workout

Prenatal dance workout

Dance Workout

Pregnancy abs workout

Abs/Core Workout

Pregnancy yoga workout

Yoga Workout

Prenatal butt workout

Butt/Glute Workout

Pregnancy barre workout

Barre Workout

Pregnancy strength workout

Strength Workout

prenatal pilates workout

Pilates Workout


Keep It Up Mama, You're Doing Great!

I know the thought of exercising when you’re pregnant can be overwhelming at times, but it helped me sail through both of mine. Whenever my energy was sinking and the idea of even putting on my tennis shoes seemed like too much, I convinced myself just to do five minutes of exercise. I promised myself I could stop if I still felt tired after that.

There were only a couple days where I felt I couldn’t continue beyond those five minutes. I was always happy when my workout was over because I felt invigorated and stronger.

Let us know how you’re feeling about working out when you’re pregnant and give us some of your best tips. I love to hear from one momma to another.

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Jenny Silverstone
 

Jenny is just another Mom trying to do her Best. She loves organizing things into lists and helping others find what they are looking for. When she's not using her powers to find her kids missing socks, you can find her giving actionable parenting advice & buyers guides at MomLovesBest.com

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