Working out throughout the pregnancy has the power to lift you up and prepare you for labor when the time comes. It can be amazing for both you and the baby, as long as you’re cautious and pick the right routine. Here are a few useful tips that can help you keep your pregnancy workouts risk-free.
Say “no” to dangerous sports
This one goes without saying – sports that put both you and your baby at risk are an absolute no-no. No matter how much you like surfing or skiing, you can probably go without them for nine months.
Know your limits
If you’re used to pushing yourself too hard during your regular workouts, you’ll have to learn how to be kinder to your body once the baby’s on the way. If you feel exhausted, hurt or completely drained it’s probably best to stop and rest.
Talk to your doctor
If you used to work out on regular basis before getting pregnant, it’s probably safe to say you’ll be able to keep going. That’s not always the case, so it’s best to seek advice from your doctor to make sure it’s ok to carry on.
Avoid lying flat on your back
After you’ve reached the second trimester, exercises that require you to lie down flat on your back shouldn’t be a part of your fitness routine. They can make you dizzy and nauseated and reduce blood flow to your heart, brain, and uterus.
Steer clear of heat and humidity
Getting overheated during your workouts can lead to increased blood flow. That’s why you should always exercise somewhere with air-conditioning and pick the right clothes for your workouts. Saunas or hot tubs are also a no-go.