Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to sit down all day and take a break. Regardless of how tired and fatigued you might feel, it’s important that you take a little time each day to stay active. If you’re not normally very active, try to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. The more heavily pregnant you are, the more difficult this will be, so don’t ever force yourself and only ever exercise as much as you feel that you can.
- Take the stairs
If you feel like you’re able to walk up and down stairs without any major issues, this is a great way of getting in a little bit of exercise throughout the day. There may be many opportunities for you to walk up a flight of stairs, get out of the lift early and walk down a couple of flights or just avoid the elevator altogether.
- Don’t quit the gym just yet
If you’re thinking about putting your gym membership on hold or cancelling it while you’re pregnant, there might not be any need for this. You should always speak with a good obstetrician Melbourne before working out while you’re pregnant to get general advice. In most cases you will be able to remain working out at the gym but tailor your workout to something that doesn’t raise your heart rate too high. Most gyms offer classes in Pilates, yoga or strength classes as an alternative.
- Go for a walk
When the weather isn’t too hot, take the opportunity to get out of the house and go for a walk. This is a particularly good idea if you spend most of the day indoors – not only will you benefit from being outside (and if the sun is shining you can soak up some Vitamin D too!), but you’ll be able to get a little bit of exercise. You should walk at a comfortable pace without exerting yourself too much.
- Join a class
If you’re not a member of a gym there are many different pregnancy based exercise classes that you can join, and Pilates is a firm favourite with many expectant mothers around the world. As well as being able to spend some quality time socialising with other women who are also expecting babies.
Swimming is a great form of lifestyle and exercise during pregnancy, particularly in the last trimester. It allows floatation and the ability to move through a full range of movement without over straining. This is also opportunity to meet mum-to-be and there are pregnancy specific swimming or aquatics programs available.