Kick Ass While Pregnant Like Serena Williams

Posted on July 19th, 2017 at 2:53 am by

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 photo pregnant woman 2_zpstijpahx2.jpgKeeping fit has been important to me for a long time, even at college, and a few friends and I have met up regularly for a decade to workout in a local gym or in the park, go for runs, and so on.  However, a strange thing started to happen as we settled down, got married and began to have kids.  Many in my group and our peers gave up on exercise when they’d got their man, and even more once pregnant.  Simply put, they settled into expanding and relaxing thinking that was the best thing for them.

It isn’t.

When we are pregnant, we need to keep working out.  It’s good for our bodies, it’s good for our pregnancies, good for giving birth, for our happiness, and for our babies; and I want to lay out exactly why this includes some muscle building too.

First, let’s look at the benefits of exercising while pregnant, for they are many:

An Easier Pregnancy:

  • Improves sleeping patterns

  • Reduces blood pressure and stress levels

  • Reduces mood swings

An Easier Labor:

  • Better prepared for giving birth mentally

  • Easier births – quicker and smoother

  • Less risk of a c-section

Good Postpartum:

  • Less likely to have postpartum depression

  • Easier to get back in shape again

Good for the baby:

  • More likely to be healthy

  • Less likely to be overweight

  • Less likely to have developmental issues

Now let’s look at those muscles.  Building muscles while pregnant is really healthy so long as it is done in the right way.

Keep Safe

Any physical exertions while pregnant require the baby to be put first.  It’s ok to be cautious but at the same time, unless told to by a physician, putting your feet up and eating for two is the worst thing you can do.  Many people, take Serena Williams as the ultimate go to girl for this, can still play some non-contact sports while pregnant.

It’s vital also to build the correct muscles while pregnantYou not only have to think about health and fitness, but also what your body needs.  The first thing it needs is the strength to hold a growing baby in its womb for 9 months.  For the third trimester this means a lot of weight; building good stomach and back muscles are the key for this.  In terms of giving birth, good strong flood muscles and other muscles in the area are really useful.

Speak to a physician and a personal trainer about which exercises are best while pregnant and which ones should be avoided.  You can adjust your diet and take up yoga to help too.  Also, consider building stamina through walking and making sure you remain well hydrated.  Most of all, you should be seeking to maintain your fitness rather than to build it.

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