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Video:Prenatal Fitness Activities

with Kathy Moore

Staying healthy and fit during pregnancy isn't just good for you, it's also good for the baby. Check out these simple ways to increase activity while you're pregnant.See Transcript

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Transcript:Prenatal Fitness Activities

Hi, I'm Kathy Moore for About.com Parenting. Experts recommend that pregnant women engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week.

This program will offer a few easy exercises to help reduce your stress and help you to feel great.

Talk to Your Doctor

Being pregnant may mean changing your workouts just a bit, and a few exercises should be avoided when you are pregnant, so talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.

Walking is Good Exercise

I found the easiest pregnancy exercise to be walking. I put my kids in the stroller and away we go.

I can determine how fast I go, whether I tackle a few hills or not and what time of day is best to avoid the heat and humidity. And if the weather is bad, I can hit the mall and walk inside.

Try Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga is another great exercise to reduce stress and strengthen muscles. Many of the traditional poses are completely safe for pregnant women. You will find several great videos on prenatal yoga within about.com.

Swimming is a Relaxing Exercise

Swimming is probably the most relaxing exercise. The water not only is cool and refreshing, but also can reduce many of the aches and gravity pains that come with pregnancy.

Water really lightens your belly while you are submerged. There are also a few simple exercises or activities you can do anywhere, anytime:
  • park at the far end of the parking lot and when you visit the grocery store
  • mow the lawn using a push mower
  • do simple stretches while you are making diner, waiting in line, or watching your kids play

Strengthen Your Muscles

Lastly, Kegel exercises involve tightening the muscles that help control the flow of urine. By practicing tightening and releasing these muscles, you are learning how to control the muscles that help with labor.

Exercising while pregnant will not only relieve your stress and help you stay fit, but it is also known to reduce labor pain and provide a faster recovery after you give birth. Who wouldn't want that?

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