“The life of a mother is the life of a child; you are two blossoms on a single branch”
Gaining some extra weight during pregnancy is quite common. Still, it is not an excuse to get lazy! Yes, ladies, pregnancy is not an excuse for staying still for 9 months. In fact, doing some physical activity while pregnant will make your pregnancy easier and improve your baby’s development.
However, since there is a lot of confusion around this topic, here are 5 myths about physical activity while pregnant:
- Pregnant women shouldn’t exercise: Wrong! This is the greatest myth about physical activity while pregnant. Complete rest slows your metabolic rate, which is very harmful for you and your baby.
- Your heart rate should remain under 140 beats per minute: although recommended in the past, further studies has proved it wrong. Current recommendation is to keep your heart rate at moderate level that you are comfortable with.
- Don’t lift weight during pregnancy: Light weight lifting (causal or during exercise) does not harm you or your baby. In fact, it keeps you in shape, and keeps you one hot-looking-pregnant-momma! So It’s ok to lift some weight, but not too much and avoid pressure on your abdominals, especially in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters.
- Don’t do sit-ups during pregnancy: Sit-ups are find in your 1st During the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, it’s better to do something else for your abdominals, such as yoga.
- Eat as much as you can: No… Eat as much as you NEED to keep you energized and help your baby’s development. You can read about pregnancy nutrition here.
See? There’s nothing wrong about exercising while pregnant. Like us on Facebook to stay tuned whenever we post more information about this topic.