Exercise is one of the things doctors counsel you on when you go for your pregnancy office visit. The problem is that pregnancy can make sticking to an exercise program so much harder. Changing energy levels and raging hormones are just a few of the obstacles that you face when exercising while pregnant. It is essential that you consult your doctor at every stage of the pregnancy to determine the limits of what you can and can’t do at certain stages.
During the first trimester, exercise is still relatively normal. Your body hasn’t changed shape yet and the fetus is still very small. It can be relatively easy to pick up where you left off before you found out you were pregnant. You do have to be careful to stay hydrated even during this stage.
The second trimester, the pregnancy week by week can easily change. The baby lump starts showing and more stress is placed on your body from just the pregnancy alone. The doctor might advise you to slow things down a little at this point. This is simply to reduce the stresses placed on joints. It is important to listen to your body’s limitations and stop when something feels wrong.
The third trimester is no doubt the roughest on the body joints. Your are seriously off-centered. It is still important to maintain your exercise routine even if it has to be modified a little. In addition, exercise can stimulate the birth near your due date.
Healthy living is a vital part of you and your future baby’s health. As your pregnancy changes your body, your fitness routine should change with it.