Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Simple Ways to Maintain Fitness throughout Pregnancy

Watch what you eat.
Nutrition is key to fitness-especially during pregnancy. A healthy diet gives you energy, supports your mood, maintains your weight, and keeps you looking your best. Healthy food can help reduce PMS, boost fertility, combat stress, make pregnancy and nursing easier. Whatever your age, committing to a healthy diet will help you look and feel your best, think clearer, and enjoy life.

Drink plenty of water.
A fit body always needs water, and you need it even more during pregnancy. Water flushes out your system, often preventing such nightmares as bloating, urinary tract infections, constipation, and hemorrhoids. It also helps facilitate the flow of nutrients to your baby. To ensure you drink 8-10 cups of water per day, try carrying a large water bottle with you everywhere you go. Remember that even if you don't feel thirsty, you must stay hydrated.

Stay active.
Swimming is one of the best exercises because it's low-impact, it uses all major muscle groups, and the water supports your joints and ligaments. If swimming isn't an option, try prenatal yoga. Yoga increases your strength and flexibility, which can help you in labor. It also promotes blood circulation, oxygen intake, and emotional well-being.  If swimming doesn't interest you then walk, walk, walk. Walking 20 minutes a day will make you feel so good and keep your fitness level up throughout your pregnancy. Remember to wear good supportive tennis shoes and take a bottle water to keep hydrated. 

Consult your health practitioner. 
Just as every woman's body is different, every pregnancy is different. A marathon runner before pregnancy might need a different exercise regimen than a lifelong couch potato. Your doctor or midwife can help you set fitness goals that are right for you.

Luna Lullaby wishes all our pregnant friends the best and healthiest pregnancy!


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