8 Ways to Stay Fit During Pregnancy
Staying fit and eating healthy while pregnant plays an important role in assisting a woman in regaining her pre-pregnancy figure postpartum while ensuring the developing baby is receiving proper nourishment. MommySlim offers tips to help women stay fit during their pregnancy.
For nine months, a pregnant woman nourishes her developing baby through a healthy, balanced diet. She also needs to take care of herself by maintaining a regular exercise routine. Eating right and exercising throughout pregnancy can help a woman stay healthy, reduce some pregnancy discomforts and avoid excess weight gain.
MommySlim offers the following tips to help women stay fit during their pregnancy:
- If you're pregnant, you only need an extra 300 calories a day to ensure your baby's growth. Add just one or two healthy snacks to your daily diet, such as apple slices topped with peanut butter, carrot sticks or a cup of low-fat yogurt.
- Drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day. If you're exercising, drink before, during and after your workout.
- Talk to your doctor about the amount of weight you should gain during pregnancy. A woman of average weight before pregnancy can expect to gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. In general, aim to gain about two to four pounds during your first three months of pregnancy and one pound a week for the remainder of your pregnancy.
- Talk to your doctor about exercising during pregnancy. Based on your circumstances and healthy history, he or she can recommend an appropriate exercise routine.
- To reduce your risk of injury, always spend five to 10 minutes warming up before exercising and five to 10 minutes cooling down after exercising.
- In general, exercise regularly but in moderation. Choose activities that carry little risk of injury and benefit your entire body. Examples: swimming, brisk walking, stationary cycling, low-impact aerobics and strength and toning exercises.
- Your pregnant body changes in ways you might not realize. For example, the ligaments that support your joints stretch due to pregnancy hormones, thus increasing the risk of injury. Also, the extra weight and the uneven distribution of your weight shift your center of gravity and make it easier for you to lose your balance. Because of these changes, you might opt for activities that don't require great balance or coordination.
- Regardless of the activity, your heart rate should not exceed 140 beats per minute.
If you gain more weight than your doctor recommends during the beginning of your pregnancy, do not try to lose weight during pregnancy. Instead, ask your doctor when you can safely begin exercising after childbirth. The MommySlim program teaches new moms how to make healthy lifestyle changes, the benefits ripple out to the rest of their family. MommySlim believes that healthy families begin with healthy moms.
MommySlim helps new mothers how to fit new eating, exercising and lifestyle behaviors into their new busy lifestyle to facilitate proper nutrition and weight loss. All new moms - nursing and non-nursing - will find MommySlim a convenient, easy-to-use, portion controlled way to lose the added "baby weight" and regain her pre-pregnancy figure.