10 Pregnancy Exercise Tips for the First Trimester of Pregnancy
Firstly, congrats on your news! It’s a super time in your life and a time that you’ll want to feel your healthiest for both you and your little baby!
For the majority of expecting moms, there really is no need to wrap yourself up in cotton wool while you are pregnant. In fact, getting out and getting some exercise, even if it’s your first time, is a good thing and can help the time go fast. This will help you combat morning sickness, help with the delivery and set you on the right path to being a healthy and fit mom! Here are some useful tips for you when it comes to exercising in the First Trimester:
- Start each workout session with 5 minute warm up, and include stretches to get your body ready for the exertion. Make sure to finish with a 5 minute cool down to bring your body back to its pre-exercise start.
- Start off slowly by exercising 3 times a week for about 30 mins and gradually build up an additional 5 min each week if it’s your first time.
- If you are already exercising regularly, keep it up but be sure to listen to your body and stop when you are not feeling well.
- Take on an exercise regime that you can keep up throughout your pregnancy, otherwise, you may feel too tempted to give it up come 2nd and 3rd trimester.
- Strength training using weights and body weight is a great way to get through your pregnancy. This will help keep the extra weight under control and keep your body strong in preparation for what it will go through in the coming months.
- Running is fine if you already are a runner, but not a good idea to take it up just because you are pregnant as you are most likely to give it up come month 6 onwards.
- Keep yourself well hydrated as much as you can.
- Start doing your pelvic floor exercises NOW... your body will thank you for it post natal. Start with just 5 reps, 5 times a day, and build it up gradually to 10 reps, 10 times a day. Keep this up throughout your pregnancy.
- Avoid eating for 2... have you seen the size of the baby in the first 1 weeks?? Hardly needs that chocolate cake now does he/she??
- If mainstream exercising isn’t your thing, go dancing, swimming or simply walking with friends as a form or exercise. You’ll feel so much better for it.
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