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Maintaining an Exercise Regimen During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you may be afraid to keep up with your exercise program. However, exercise during pregnancy can actually be beneficial for you, and in turn, your unborn baby. This article will look at some advice for healthy exercise for both you and your baby.

If you were active and exercised regularly before pregnancy, you can keep it up even after you are pregnant. However, it is normal, natural, and healthy to gain weight while you are pregnant, so it is not a good idea to exercise to lose weight while with child. Also, if you hardly exercised before your pregnancy, your body is not in its prime shape to pick up an extreme exercise regimen when you become pregnant.

However, because there are a number of benefits to exercise, you should not automatically give up and use pregnancy as your excuse to not participate in a little cardio. You just need to take it slowly, and build up your capacity for exercise. Of course, you can only build up to a certain point, as intense exercise in your later trimesters can be harmful.

Workouts that cause you to work up a sweat and make your heart work can be really helpful for a soon-to-be mother. Being in shape and having strong muscles can help you have an easier delivery and aids you in getting your pre-baby body back faster once you have your child. Before the birth, exercise can help ease your constipation, give you a glowing look, keep your joints lubricated, increase your energy level, and help your body aches.

Although there are all of these benefits to exercise, you should listen to your body and your doctor if they is telling you that exercise is not right for you. Things such as high blood pressure, false contractions, spotting, and ruptures of your amniotic fluid are signs that you should stop exercising and contact your doctor.

There are a number of activities out there that can help a pregnant woman stay in shape and healthy during her term. Cardio is a great option, but you should try to avoid bouncing. Thus, many women turn to swimming, yoga, pilates, and walking. If you were an avid runner pre-pregnancy, you may be able to keep up your habit, at least in moderation and for a little while. Walking is a good alternative to running as well. Swimming helps a woman feel light and more graceful because it induces a feeling of weightlessness.

Overall, when you are expecting a baby, you shouldn’t expect to completely stop your workouts, unless ordered by a doctor. Remember, moderation and safety is key to keeping both you and your unborn child healthy. Listen to your body, and dial back intensity as needed.

Sometimes, overexertion can lead to problems with your baby. If you asked your doctor about exercising while pregnant and he did not outline a safe program for you, leading to damage to your child, this may count as medical malpractice. For more information on birth injury law, contact Lowenthal & Abrams, PC, today.

Joseph Devine

Maintaining Fitness While Traveling

The easy thing to do would be to just say screw it for the duration of your trip and eat every meal out, allowing yourself forbidden foods you’d never eat at home, and “Make it back up when you get home.” If a minor setback is not of concern, then you can choose to go this route. However, it is not recommended.

Yes, healthy eating will be harder when traveling. But habitual healthy eating is a none-easy task anyway, so you should be used to the challenge. Think about the guilt you can avoid by knowing you came back from your trip and didn’t mess up your fitness efforts. The guilt alone should be reason enough to avoid carefree eating.

Okay, if you’re without kitchen, cooking yourself gourmet meals may be tough. You might have to settle for less glamorous food, but you can still keep it healthy. Personally, I’m on the Paleo eating plan, so I have to be very careful of my food and cook most meals at home. I would probably look for a grocery store, find their prepared foods section and grab a rotisserie chicken, remove the skin, and then head over to the produce department and get some fresh veggies. Maybe some almonds as well. Voila! Diet is still solid with much ease.

If your diet is not as restrictive as the Paleo Diet, you should have no problem staying on track. Even when dining out you can make healthy choices. If you’re vacationing somewhere exotic with unique food, then please do try it! Experience the cultures of the world and have fun! Of course, if you’re somewhere exotic, you’re likely there for pleasure not business, in which case I promote letting loose and having fun!

Inconvenient but not Impossible

So the trend for both working out and eating well while traveling seems to go as follows:

-It will be harder than you’re used to when at home, but should not be excused
-Pushups can be done anywhere, as can bodyweight squats, mountain climbers, lunges, etc.
-Healthy food options are all around you. We live in an amazing world of grocery stores and health stores within reach. Utilize these luxuries, often taken for granted.

I’m not trying to be a fitness nazi here, I’m simply trying to enlighten you and keep you on track to your goals. Like I mentioned earlier, the guilt of coming back from a 5 day trip of eating fast food and being lethargic is enough motivation to jumpstart me into gear. Hopefully, it will be the same for you. If not, find your motivation within – and do what it takes to be a warrior!

Craig Avera is an actor residing in heart of Hollywood. He runs the free website “Hollywood Body Fitness” which specializes in creating the lean “Hollywood” physique.

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