Exercise can reduce obesity in pregnant women & what exercises to do

Exercise can reduce obesity in pregnant women & what exercises to do

If you were overweight before becoming pregnant, then you are prone to being obese while pregnant. But you are not alone. In fact, more than half of pregnant women are overweight or obese. Probably the first thing that comes to mind is dieting. If there is one time in your life that you should not diet at all, it is during pregnancy. 

Exercising is the best way to lose weight during pregnancy and to prevent post-partum obesity. You do not have to go to extremes, such as heavy weight lifting or running distances, but there are some simple exercises that you could, and should be doing to reduce the chance of obesity. Begin with exercises for beginners. Perform low-impact activities, such as walking, swimming, and some aerobics.

The following are some examples of physical activities that pregnant women should do. However, it is very important for a pregnant woman to consult their gynecologist in order to determine what the best exercises are.

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Yoga (modified)
  • Pilates (modified)
  • Jogging or running is recommended preferably if a pregnant woman used to perform these activities before being pregnant. 
  • Racket sports are safe if a pregnant woman used to perform them before pregnancy.
  • Low-impact aerobics
  • Stationary cycling

Sports that involve physical contact are completely to be avoided. The same goes with sports that pose risks of falling (skiing, surfing, horse-back riding, etc.) Hot Pilates and hot yoga cannot be performed by a pregnant woman either.

If a pregnant woman is not used to do exercise to be fit, pregnancy is, in fact, a very good time to start. Once again, start slowly. This will guarantee that the appropriate amount of calories is burned without compromising the mother’s health or the baby’s.


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