Stationary cycling and low-impact yoga are also beneficial. Keeping hydrated, wearing loose clothing and allowing yourself to sweat will help your work-outs. “There are many signals that tell your body that you are over exerting yourself, some of these signals include shortness of breath, dizziness, pain, extreme fatigue, these are all reasons to take a break have a cup of water,” explains Dr. Wu. Ricardo Thomas has been training Zina since she first found out she was going to be a mom.
To avoid injury, it’s crucial to exercise with a trainer who specializes in working with pregnant women. “The benefits of exercise for pregnant women is self confidence, easier labor, easier daily activities, walk much better, breathe much better,” says trainer, Ricardo Thomas of Equinox Gym. Be careful when stretching. When a woman is pregnant, certain hormones can cause a loosening of ligaments in the body.
This occurs so the pelvis will open more during childbirth, but, it can also loosen ligaments of the knees and hips...so avoid stretching to the point of resistance. Also, since pregnant women’s feet tend to swell and in some instances, even grow during pregnancy, a properly fitted work-out or exercise shoe is crucial to prevent injury.