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11/11/02




  

Exercising With Your Big Belly

So... you know you should exercise but not sure what to do?  Here's some guidelines for you and your Belly!

As you know, regular exercise builds bones and muscles, gives you energy, and keeps you healthy.

Some benefits of being active are, reducing backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling; gives you energy; improves your mood; improves your posture; promotes muscle tone, strength and endurance; and helps you sleep better.

We've been told that the hormones produced during pregnancy cause your ligaments that support your joints to become relaxed so avoid jerky or high-impact motinos that can increase your risk of injury.  In addition, try to avoid activities that call for jumping, jarring motions or quick changes in direction that may strain your joints or cause injury.

Most forms of exercise are safe during pregnancy but some types may involve positions and movements that may be uncomfortable or harmful for pregnant women.  For example, after twenty weeks of pregnancy, you should not do exercises that require you to lie flat on your back.  Why you ask?  Because it may be more difficult for your blood to circulate!

Walking is great exercise in addition to swimming, stationery bike and yoga.

And of course, as will become very clear, exercise is most practical the first two trimesters of your pregnancy.

Always begin your exercise session with a warm-up period and end your session with a cool-down.

And for goodness sake, drink plenty of water!

Before you begin any exercise program, it is essential to consult with your primary care physician and obtain an exercise program tailored specifically for you.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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