How exercise can ease your plus size pregnancy complications?


While a pregnancy brings immense happiness to almost every woman, for a woman like you, who is not petite and therefore somewhat apprehensive about becoming a mother, few things in life can parallel the joy a baby brings. However, it can come with its own gamut of problems, because of your weight issues. But with the right amount and kind of exercise, all the obstacles can be crossed!

So, find out more…

The health risks you may face if you do not control your weight and exercise in a plus size pregnancy:
  • Preeclampsia
  • Miscarriage
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Stroke during delivery
  • Increased chance of cesarean delivery
  • Other difficulties in the surgery.

But if you exercise, you can control most of these things, and to a great extent at that! Here are the benefits in detail:

  • It reduces the risk of all the problems above.
  • Keeps your weight under control.
  • Prepares your body for the delivery
  • You also lose the pregnancy weight (post pregnancy) much more easily.
  • Exercise also keeps you feeling better.
  • It reduces the chance of your body settling down into a sedentary lifestyle and thereby avoids the complications related to that!

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However, exercise may come with its benefits, but when not done right, it can also create its own complications.

So here’s how not-so-petite women should exercise when pregnant:

1.    First thing you should do is discuss it with your obstetrician. For your individual needs, your doc is the best person to give advice!

2.    Next is starting out slow. If you are already following a regimen, it is best to accept that you will need to modify it a bit, or a lot, depending on your condition or how far along you are.

3.    Don’t exert yourself too much. Overdoing can have serious consequences. Usually target heart rate should be 140 beats per min, but your doc has the final say!

4.    Stay hydrated, and make sure you aren’t overheating. This can be especially bad for your baby.

5.    You also need to eat right.

6.    Avoid exercises where you need to lie on your back.

7.    And finally, consider these exercises… But start out slow:

  • Walk: Easiest and best form of exercise. Start with a brisk stroll. But as the pregnancy progresses, you may have problems with balance, so make sure that you walk on level ground that does not involve the risk of you falling.

  • Swim: The best suited exercise during pregnancy, as you have no risk of falling or putting unnecessary pressure on your joints. The breast stroke is the way to go, because you need to avoid any movements that may hurt parts of your body. It is fine to swim right into your last month, though you should avoid diving, or very - warm water swims.

  • Yoga: Prenatal yoga is soon catching up, and you should take advantage of this. This is a good way to maintain agility and joint health. Yoga also regulates blood flow, muscles as well as your moods during a pregnancy! In the long run, what you learn will help you cope with labor and birthing as well!

  • Weights: This can be a good way to prepare for the weight that you will have to carry around for 9 months. It also protects your joints from injury. But it is best to cut down on the weight and increase the number of repetitions during pregnancy to avoid over-straining.

8.    And whatever exercise you do, keep in regular for maximum benefits!

So while you are well on your way to having a safe and healthy pregnancy, due to your exercise regimen… don’t forget for a second that you are pregnant and you need to take care of your safety as well as that of your baby’s. So keep in mind:

  • You need to stick to exercises in which you feel comfortable.

  • And here are the indicators that say you need to stop and consult your doc immediately:

  • Any bleeding you notice.
  • Leakage of any sort.
  • Palpitations or uncomfortable heart beat.
  • Nausea, vomiting or headaches.
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Difficulty in breathing.
  • Dizziness and fainting.
  • Abrupt changes in temperature.
  • Swollen calves or ankles.
  • And change in fetal movement.
  • Blurry eyesight.

So keep your goal – a healthy pregnancy and safe labor – in mind, stay safe and exercise to stay happy and keep your baby happy as well!

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