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Sports during pregnancy

Posted In Moms, Sports, Therapy - By Zeina Achkar On Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 With 0 Comments

Over the past couple of years the number of women who exercise during pregnancy has dramatically increased. However pregnant women should avoid any sport that is physically extreme.  Here are some guidelines for sports and activities you can do during your pregnancy.

First of all, walking a mile in 12-15 minutes, is a great workout even if you’re new to exercise. Jogging is also ok in moderation, if you did it before you were pregnant. Avoid overheating, during pregnancy it’s normal to sweat more than usual. To replace this, it’s important to drink a lot of water before, during and after any kind of exercise or sporting activity.

Second of all, swimming can be very relaxing in pregnancy because of the feeling of weightlessness as the water supports you. Plus it helps strengthen your whole body and is a great cardiovascular exercise. If you haven’t swum regularly before, you should start by swimming slowly for just 5 to 10 minutes on the first three months. You can gradually increase this time to 20 minutes, two to three times a week. Don’t swim if the water is too warm, water temperature should be between 18 and 25˚C. Avoid using steam rooms and hot tubs.

Finally there is the Yoga. It’s great for relaxation, suppleness, breathing control and developing concentration.

Remember, during pregnancy your sense of balance is sensitive, so try avoiding sports like Tennis, Squash, skating…

This is also not the time for contact spots where you could fall, injure yourself, or be struck in the abdomen, or badly shake the baby. Therefore, avoid these activities: scuba diving, water skiing, basketball, softball, baseball, horseback riding, and snow skiing.

With all of the aforementioned activities, a pregnant woman must take into consideration what their overall goal is and talk to their physician about the proper way to go about having a healthy pregnancy. With any exercise you do, there are many modifications that can be made to fit the specific needs of the participant. The important thing is to find out what you like to do. Have fun with it and don’t get too anxious. This is your time to relax and stay in touch with your body as it goes through the miraculous transformation of pregnancy.

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