Staying active is a synonym of health and wellness, that’s why it is very important to challenge your body and have an active lifestyle. Even though days can be hard when you are pregnant or you have just learnt how to be a mum, laziness and tiredness are not good excuses to stay at home on your comfortable couch all day long.
Sport benefits are not only physical: staying in contact with nature and feeling at ease with your own body are the keys for a mental wellness as well. Furthermore, you will have the impression that, after pregnancy, your body has drastically changed. Sport and healthy food can help you gain self-confidence and get control of your body once again.
During pregnancy, a sedentary life can be very dangerous. In fact, it can provoke several diseases, as, for instance, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. In addition, general pains and aches related to pregnancy are more likely to be experienced.
To begin with, it may be important to walk instead of taking the bus when it is possible. The same goes for the lift: why not climbing some stairs instead of getting always the lift? This movement is helpful to stimulate the muscles of the stomach and tonify your legs.
Considering pregnancy physical conditions, it is important to avoid doing rapid mouvements or changing direction quickly. As a result, some sports are not recommended during pregnancy. For example, we are talking about rugby, skiing, horse riding, karate, and the like.
Nonetheless, this does not mean that sport is bad for you and your baby’s health. Conversely, there are several activities that can improve your mood and your physical state during pregnancy. Swimming is one of those sports that are highly recommended by doctors and professionals. Without overdoing, this activity is good for every part of your body, as well as for the development of muscles. Most people do not know that swimming can reduce morning sickness and relieve foot swelling, two conditions that affect many pregnant women.
If you like running, you can continue to train your running skills. It is important to breath in a regular way and to drink water during the activity as well. In addition, stretching 10 or 15 minutes before starting to run can be the key to avoid possible pains. Lifting weights is also a good solution. According to the article written by clinical instructor Elizabeth Yepez for First Response, “The extra progesterone in pregnancy can make your joints lax and can put you at risk of injury so take extra caution and use good technique when lifting weights. I recommend using weights at 50% of your max ability to avoid injury and strain, and never lift weights above your head or behind your neck”.
When your baby joins your own world, your daily life will never be the same as before. This does not entail any negative consequences: you just have to learn how to combine your own needs with the ones of your baby.
Exercising regularly can be a good way to dedicate some time to yourself, embracing a healthy and active lifestyle. Physical activity has many other benefits: sport can strengthen your muscles, decrease the risk of postpartum depressions and urinary incontinence.
There are several aerobic classes for women who have just given birth. Apart from being healthy, this sport offers a good opportunity to socialize with new mothers and compare your feelings with them. Yoga and pilates are other alternatives, mainly if you prefer softer exercises.
You can also opt for doing activities with your baby. For instance, taking long walks is a perfect way to get some fresh air and enjoy nature with your baby. Nevertheless, it is important to start slowly, because your muscles are still weak and feeble, especially if you had a caesarean delivery.
As we have already underlined, staying active is fundamental, but be careful: knowing and respecting your limits go hand in hand with your health. No matter which activity you decide to take up, you should make sure that this sport is safe and healthy. It is for this reason that talking with your doctor is necessary before making decisions during after birth.
Once you have found your own routine, staying active won’t be a challenge to achieve anymore. On the contrary, physical activity will be your daily relief and your unique way to take care of yourself, namely if you have the possibility to enjoy nature and picturesque landscapes.