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Tips For Exercising When Pregnant
Congratulations, you're expecting -- but don't think that means that you can just sit around and eat ice cream all day. Exercising when pregnant has many benefits -- for your body and your mind
Don't worry, you don't have to pound the treadmill or work up a huge sweat -- the key to exercising when pregnant is switching it up and finding a set of safe and creative exercises you can do. Some of the best resources that contain the latest pregnancy stretches and workouts are Fit Pregnancy and Pregnancy Magazine. There are an array of prenatal exercise classes that you can participate in with other expectant mothers -- try your local gym or YMCA.
Did you know that Pilates and yoga are also great workouts for pregnant women? Not only will these exercises tighten and tone your body but they will also help prepare you for pregnancy. A weekly regimen will strengthen the muscles you'll use during childbirth and you will also develop useful breathing and visualization techniques. Check out the prenatal yoga DVD Healthy Mom, Happy Baby, for a great at-home workout.
Note to anyone embarking on a new exercise plan: consult a health professional first. There are certain exercises and activities that pregnant women and individuals with specific health histories should avoid. That said, there are many benefits associated with exercising when pregnant, resulting in an easier pregnancy and a healthier mom and baby.
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