Swimming is one of the safest and best cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women. It does not only give cardiovascular benefits, it also exercises the large muscle groups of the legs and arms. It helps pregnant women to become limber and feel weightless.
A lot has been said and written on the importance of exercise for pregnant women. But unfortunately, most pregnant women do not exercise themselves. Lack of exercise can cause a woman to have difficult labour. On the contrary, exercise helps to make labour easier. It enhances mood, reduces pains and aches associated with pregnancy and improves sleeps. It is also a good means of avoiding possible caesarean operation. Given the benefits of exercise during pregnancy, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists advices pregnant women to do exercise on daily basis for at least 30 minutes.
Besides cardiovascular exercise, pregnant can also engage in flexibility and strength building exercise. Some of the good flexibility and strength building exercises for pregnant women include:
Walking is a very good exercise for pregnant women. Taking a walk for few minutes every day will help to keep you fit without jarring your ankles and knees. Walking is very easy to do. Besides, you don’t need any exercise equipment in order to walk. You can also add fun to it by doing it with your husband.