Indian women seldom keep up their exercise while expecting a baby. But total lack of exercise not only increases your chances of gaining too much weight but also hampers your preparedness for childbirth
Most pregnant women can exercise safely during pregnancy. Research has conclusively shown that exercise does not have bad impact on the baby
If you do not have any of these conditions which preclude you from exercising, you should try and keep exercising all through pregnancy. Find below the types of exercises that you can do during pregnancy.
Also read about the correct way of exercising during pregnancy
Aerobic exercises: safest aerobic exercises are brisk walking or even jogging ( if you already are a regular jogger) but avoid aerobic exercises which require extensive jumping, hopping, skipping, or bouncing and contact sports such as basket ball etc.
You can also do stretching and resistance exercises , but avoid deep knee bends, full sit-ups, double leg raises and straight-leg toe touches and exercises that require lying on your back or right side for more than three minutes and avoid holding your breath during any activity or have a risk of you falling down
Exercises to prepare for childbirth:
Kagel’s exercise: This is an exercise for strengthening your pelvic floor muscles. It improves blood circulation to your rectal and vaginal area, helping to keep hemorrhoids at bay. It also helps in speeding healing after an episiotomy or tear, if you get one during childbirth. This is a very simple exercise in which you tighten the muscles around your vagina as if you are trying to interrupt the flow of urine, hold for a count of four and then release.
Do this exercise ten times in one go/set, and do three-four such sets three times a day
Squat or tailor’s pose
Squatting or tailor’s pose help strengthen your thighs and open your pelvis
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