The article has information about all types of leisure activities that a pregnant woman can do. The article also informs about the leisure activities that should be avoided during pregnancy.
Linda used to be very active till the day she has conceived. Now she is not sure whether she could enjoy doing physical activities and other leisure activities the same way she used to do earlier. After consulting her doctor she became happy to know that she can do leisure activities even during her pregnancy period but she has to take special care while doing them.
Importance of Leisure Activities during Pregnancy
It is important for the would-be mothers to remain active during pregnancy. This helps them to have better physical and mental condition and thereby the baby remains healthy as well. Exercises help the would-be mothers to keep fit and regular exercises are recommended by doctors too.
Apart from moderate exercises, the other leisure activities that pregnant women could go for are sports activities, weekend outings and family picnics. Indoor leisure activities that are enjoyed by would-be mothers a lot are reading books, listening music and watching movies.
Sports Activities during Pregnancy
Not all types of sports activities are recommended for the pregnant women. Swimming is a recommended exercise for would-be mothers. Any high performance or high impact sport should be avoided during pregnancy as overheating of body harms the unborn child especially during the first few weeks of pregnancy.
Going for sauna bath is not recommended for the would-be mothers as it overheats the body. Those sports which have high risk of falling e.g. skiing, boxing, athletics and horse riding are to be avoided strictly during pregnancy.
Exercises during Pregnancy
Exercises that are safe to be practiced during pregnancy have lots of benefits for the pregnant women. It helps the body to get prepare well for the labour and childbirth. Exercises also help the body of the mothers to carry the extra weight they gain during pregnancy. Regular exercises during pregnancy help the would-be mothers to have improved mood, get positive energy and better sleep.
Safe Exercises during Pregnancy
Following are the safe exercises that help the pregnant women to remain active.
Brisk walking without any exertion on the knees and ankles is safe during pregnancy. Walking helps in better functioning of heart. A 30-minutes walk daily is good for pregnant women. Without going out for morning or evening walks, would-be mothers could walk up to the bus stand from home, walk up to the shops rather than taking any vehicle. In between work, a short walk in the park during the lunch time will also help would-be mothers.
During pregnancy, swimming is a safe and ideal exercise provided that the swimming pools are hygienic and cleaned from time-to-time. Swimming helps in the movement of legs and arms and at the same time lungs and heart function becomes better when swimming is done. Would be mothers also enjoy going for Aqua aerobics class as it helps in relieving back pain and swellings of legs during later stages of pregnancy. However, you must seek approval of your doctor before starting swimming exercise during pregnancy.
Outing during Pregnancy
It is possible to travel by air during pregnancy but prior to that doctors’ advice must be taken to confirm that no risk is there regarding premature birth. While travelling by air, pregnant women should take enough fluid. During air travel, would-be mothers must take a walk around every hour so that thrombosis is prevented. If the journey is longer, then in between breaks must be there.
Places where climate is hot and unfamiliar must be avoided by the pregnant women for holidaying otherwise it could cause extra strain for the blood circulation. Very high altitude places should also be avoided because oxygen level diminishes with height and it could cause adverse effect on the would-be mothers and their babies.
Leisure Activities are important during pregnancy to keep body and mind healthy. When mothers will have healthy body and mind, the child birth would be easy and baby would be healthy too. For the leisure activities like sports and exercises, doctors’ advice must be taken before going for them.
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