Three Types of Pregnancy-Safe Exercises You can Do at Home
Being pregnant and traveling the adoption journey give you an extra bonus reason for taking care of yourself through your unplanned pregnancy. And luckily, there are pregnancy-safe exercises that you can do from home. Adoption Choices of Kansas is here to share with you are three such types of exercises that you can do if you’re stuck at home. They will help you not only relieve stress, but also help boost your mental and physical health as well.
Types of Pregnancy-Safe Exercises:
Walking is an excellent type of exercise to do, especially while at home. You get to set your own pace, length of time that you choose to exercise, and location. If you have stairs in your home, this can be very similar to using a step-climber at the gym. You do not even have to climb your entire staircase!
If you do not like exercising at an incline, walking on a flat surface works perfectly too. Maybe you can walk around your home, outside in your neighborhood, or on your lawn. Walking is also one of the calmest exercises that you can partake in, because it can be done independently, leaving you in complete control of every aspect. That, and it can help lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of gestational diabetes and improve your sleep.
Yoga is another calm exercise to consider while pregnant, and an easy one to do from home. It’s important to do your research to find out what yoga routine is best for you, as there are a variety of options. Be sure to consult with your doctor and ask if there are any positions and stretches you shouldn’t be doing during your pregnancy journey.
Yoga equipment can be found online and is, generally, affordable. If you are a beginner, there are helpful videos on YouTube or DVD that can show you different techniques as you build your own routine. There are also virtual yoga classes online that can make you feel like you’re surrounded by others.
Along with walking and yoga, swimming is a great type of exercise to consider. Kicking your legs through the water can help alleviate stress and increase your strength and muscle tone. It has also been known to improve cardiovascular health and sleep quality. Overall, it is a wonderful low impact exercise that can help you relax and lower your exhaustion levels.
If you do not have a pool, consider asking a friend or family member to use theirs. Or, if you are able to safely social distance, see if there is a community pool nearby and if they offer any swimming classes for pregnant women. Just like with any other exercise routine, though, be sure to consult with your doctor to see if there’s anything you should be avoiding while pregnant. For instance, depending on what trimester you’re in, your doctor may advise you to not swim any long or intense laps. But, as long as you don’t push yourself and go at your own pace, you may find swimming to be a wonderful activity to do while you’re pregnant.
Are Pregnancy-Safe Exercises Worth Doing?
Absolutely! All three types of exercises offer different types of helpful benefits that can help your body to alleviate stress and ensure a smoother overall pregnancy journey. Additionally, all three exercises can be done from the comfort of your own home, on your own time and at your own pace. You have full control, as long as your doctor approves your routine.
Exercise in general is healthy for your body. But, especially when you’re pregnant, it’s a great way to improve your mental, physical and emotional health.
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