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Prenatal Fitness: Myths v/s Facts

We’ve all read enough articles and seen enough videos on the internet to convince us that exercising during our pregnancy is good. Yet, some ladies may have doubts about a few exercises in particular, like if is it okay to work on the abs? Can I still do push-ups? We’re going to say one thing to you - don’t worry. We’ve got all your queries covered.

Here we’ve busted a few common myths about prenatal exercising!

MYTH

If you didn’t exercise before you got pregnant, don’t start now.

FACT

It doesn’t matter if you were moving before or weren’t - pregnancy is an ideal time to get moving. Moderate exercises, like walking, are actually beneficial to moms. The actual risk is if you don’t move and lead a sedentary lifestyle. Inactivity leads to increase in BP, weight gain, body aches and pains, and in the worst case, even a higher risk of Cesarean delivery and gestational diabetes. Doctors recommend that you walk for at least 30 to 60 minutes per day at a moderate pace, when you’re pregnant.

MYTH

Strength Training can cause joint injury

FACT

During pregnancy, your body is flooded with a hormone called relaxin, that loosens ligaments to prepare your body for delivery. But, doctors also say that low-to-moderate-intensity strength training is fine for pregnant women, even if they are beginners at it. Some doctors even showed studies in which push ups and squats are also safe. Yes, ladies! Squats don’t make you go into labour!

MYTH

If you’re athletic, you need to tone down your exercise

FACT

Umm, no. Although it is not recommended that you take part in runs and marathons, you can maintain an athletic program as long as your body can take it and your doctor is okay with it. With close medical supervision, women can participate in athletics programs. It is crucial to note that you must remain hydrated, keep yourself safe from excess heat or cold, and don’t go out of breath.

MYTH

You can’t run during pregnancy

FACT

If the only thing you’re worried about is that the baby will be vigorously shaken if you run, don’t be worried. Your baby is actually really safe in your tummy because s/he is swimming around in amniotic fluid, so you can actually go on short runs and jogs in the park. Just make sure you don’t harm your joints and ligaments. and yeah, don't run in the Delhi or Bangalore marathon just yet. You can observe by instinct that these activities will gradually become a lot slower as you get bigger, but that is just how it works.

MYTH

It is unsafe to work on your abs during your pregnancy

FACT

Well, this is true for women after their first trimester. Your Vena cava can be compressed, which means you may end up feeling nauseous or dizzy. One of the moves that you can safely practice till the end of your pregnancy is the plank move, a very effective core exercise.

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