Prenatal fitness: Is it important to work out when you are pregnant?
Yes. But not so much that you put yourself and the baby at risk. Here’s a guide to know what works best
Working out while pregnant? A few years ago, mothers-to-be would have been apprehensive about the idea. However, thanks to celebrities such as actor Soha Ali Khan, who recently posted her pictures exercising during her pregnancy, prenatal workout is increasingly becoming popular. But there is still lack of clarity regarding how safe it is and to debunk many myths around it we got in touch with gynecologists Dr Madhu Goel and Dr Shelly Singh, who gave us a lowdown on prenatal fitness.
How does exercising help during pregnancy?
The truth of the matter is that it’s essential to do some form of exercise to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Lack of physical activity can lead to excessive weight gain, high blood pressure, back and body aches. To prevent this, you must to work out.
If one has never been to the gym, is pregnancy the ideal time e to start?
In this case, hitting the gym with a vengeance during your pregnancy is not recommended. However, you still require 30 to 60 minutes of walk every day. Moderatelyy pace yourself while doing so. . Light stretching is also essential. Those, who have already been exercising before re the pregnancy, and their bodies are conditioned, they can continue with their workouts.
How intense can the pregnancy workout be?
Fitness levels differ from person to person, and each body responds differently to exercises. However, there are still a few points that one needs to keep in mind while exercising. During pregnancy, the body is flooded by a hormone called relaxin, which loosens the ligaments to prepare the body for delivery. Therefore, at times, intense workout can cause joint injury. During pregnancy, you need to dial down the intensity as your pregnancy progresses.
Can one do exercises aimed at one’s abdominal muscles?
The answer to this one is no. Doing any workout lying on your back is not recommended. This is because the growing uterus can compress the vena cava. Vena cava is the blood vessel that is responsible for returning the blood from the body to the heart. Compressing it can make you dizzy.
When should one stop working out so as to avoid any harm?
If you have any of the following, then stop: Vaginal bleeding Abdominal cramping Light-headedness Excessive nausea Extreme headaches
Actor Soha Ali Khan
It is important to exercise in moderation during pregnancy as lack of physical activity can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure etc