SHOULD YOU EXERCISE WHILE PREGNANT OR NAH?
Do baby bumps n’ burpees go together like Calvin Harris and RiRi? Or are they more like The Chainsmokers and Coldplay -- ah-maze on their own, but really shouldn’t mix? The answer, like naming your bb and everything else in pregnancy, is waaay complicated.
Exercising while you're pregnant is real, real important. And if you're a ((305)) junkie, it's not like you don't already know alllll about the ways exercise makes you happier and healthier.
But if you need a further rundown, here are the benefits of focusin' on fitness while you're preggers:
- You'll have less lower back pain and feel less tired.
- It'll reduce your risk of gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
- You'll cope with the other stresses of pregnancy more easily.
- It's good for your baby, too!
🚨 BUT 🚨 It's important to remember there are serious risks, too. If you're not careful about how you exercise, you risk hypoxia, hyperthermia and abnormal heart rate changes for your baby bae.
The 🔑? Be careful and do errrything in moderation. When you're in your first trimester, it's wise to keep doing the kinds of exercises your body is used to at a moderate level. Def don't start ramping up your routines now that baby's on board!
Especially as you get further along, avoid high-impact, high-intensity workouts (including, sadly, all those ballet jacks in our cardio classes!) You should also avoid too many exercises where you're laying down, since your baby weight can put extra pressure on the veins that flow to your heart.
Try swimming, biking or aerobic walking, especially during your second trimester when balance becomes more of an issue. Drink extra water, too, and avoid exercising in super, super hot climates, since temperature can affect the baby, too.
If you're considered a high-risk pregnancy or disposed to pre-term labor, be SUPER careful and work with your doctor to find the right exercise regimen for you and your body.
The bottom line: the benefits outweigh the risks, according to a whole bunch of studies. But check with your doc before you launch into any new routines and don't push it TOO hard.
HOT MAMAS GET THAT ((305))!
Moms, c'mon now! It's time to get that ((305)), babe.
We all deserve some time for self-care. Remember (!!) exercise produces endorphins. And endorphins make you happy. And happy people don’t kill their partners in their sleep.
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