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Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman's life - a challenging and even magical time. Regular physical activity during pregnancy can help you get through it more comfortable, with fewer health concerns or problems. The purpose of training during pregnancy is to maintain some of your fitness. It is not a time to try and increase your aerobic capacity or your muscular strength. Exercise during pregnancy is undeniably beneficial for both mother and baby, and while going to the gym may require some extra motivation, the payoff is invaluable. Consistent exercise during pregnancy usually not only minimizes aches and constipation but should also help you sleep better and lower your risk of depression, gestational diabetes, and other pregnancy-related conditions. It might even help you have a shorter, less complicated labor. In addition, developing good workout habits during pregnancy will help you to get your body back in shape easier and faster after delivery. Generally, at least 30 minutes of moderate workout daily is recommended. However, if ever there was a time to play it safe, it would be during pregnancy. It is therefore vital that you discuss your proposed exercise programme with your healthcare provider before embarking on it. Certain types of workouts and sports are not recommended, and exercise is also cautioned against in the case of a number of conditions and circumstances during pregnancy, as it may be detrimental to you and your baby’s wellbeing. We can get benefits of exercise during pregnancy and these are the following:
  • Helps prevent excessive weight gain. 
  • Helps you cope better with labor. 
  • Helps you sleep better.  
  • Boosts your general sense of well-being and energy levels. 
  • Decreases the risk of gestational diabetes, hypertension, and postnatal depression. 
  • Decreases constipation and helps ease lower backache. 
  • Makes weight loss after the birth of your baby easier.

Though we can do exercises during pregnancy like swimming, station cycling, brisk walking, low impact aerobics, moderate strength training, yoga, and pilates, you must notify your fitness instructor of your pregnancy, as certain positions and movements should be avoided.  Always remember to warm up and cool down before and after every session; not overexert yourself, to prevent your body from overheating; drink plenty of water to stay hydrated during exercising, and not do exercises requiring you to lie flat on your back from the second trimester onwards.

No matter which activity you choose to do, being strong physically reflects on your mental strength and makes you stronger in many aspects of your life - so, be strong and keep doing what you're doing.

Enjoy your body. Enjoy fitness. Enjoy the FACE OF FITNESS 

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