Listen to your body. If something feels uncomfortable or painful, don't do it.
Avoid any exercise while lying on the back after the first trimester. This position can cause the growing uterus to restrict blood return through the vena cava which lies directly behind the abdomen.
Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise. You need to stay well-hydrated to regulate both your body temperature and your growing baby's.
Exercise in a well-ventilated area and wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing to prevent over-heating.
Be aware of your changing center of gravity. Avoid any activity that involves sudden directional changes or that risks even mild abdominal trauma such as downhill skiing, rollerblading, horseback riding, etc.
Exercise regularly, preferably 20-30 minutes a day at least 3 times per week. Regular exercise will reduce the chance of injury and will help keep you in shape for "Labor Day."
Perhaps the most important thing you can do is to exercise the Kegel or pelvic floor muscle daily to prevent urinary incontinence and uterine prolapse, and to enhance sexual pleasure. Practice this exercise by stopping and starting the flow of urine. Once you have the hang of it, do not continue to perform the Kegel exercise while urinating, but rather perform the exercise while driving in the car or talking on the phone. Try to do at least 100 every day.
Pelvic Rocking is very good for the back and belly muscles - make sure to do these in a slow and controlled manner to avoid injury, and they can be valuable! Carefully let your belly sag towards the floor by tilting your pelvis forward - do not do this very far down, just a small tilt, then back to neutral, pulling the abdominal muscles in as you pull your back up. Do 20-40 at a session 4 times a day, and work up to 80 at bedtime. These exercises help keep baby from being in a posterior position and improve circulation to the lower body. The circulation benefit will be enhanced by lying down for at least 10 minutes after exercising.
That depends on how the pregnant woman is losing the weight, what stage of pregnancy she's in when this happens, and how much she has lost or is planning to lose. In general, just about any method other than extreme exercise or not eating is going to be fine during the first two trimesters. Exercise is healthy and good for as long as the woman is comfortable and has the energy to do it. Dieting is a bit more complicated during pregnancy, but so long as she's getting healthy amounts of each of the food groups, she should be fine doing that for the entire pregnancy.
Pregnancy weight loss is not always a healthy idea. Women should gain weight during pregnancy and the best advice is to maintain body fat levels during pregnancy to avoid gaining too much weight. Eating a healthy diet along with mild exercise, as prescribed by a doctor, will help pregnant woman maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy. Losing weight after pregnancy is the best plan of action. Attempting to lose weight while pregnant could harm the development of the baby. If the mother has a normally poor diet, eating healthier foods during pregnancy will result in a natural and healthy pregnancy weight loss.
How much weight you gain during your pregnancy depends on how much you weighed prior to getting pregnant. If you were at a healthy weight prior to getting pregnant, you should gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. This breaks down to 1-5 pounds during the first trimester, and approximately 1 pound a week for the remaining duration of your pregnancy. So, at 18 weeks, you should have gained 6-10 pounds by now. If you are overweight, you should only gain 15-25 pounds during your pregnancy, if you are obese, you should only gain 11-20 pounds. However, if you are underweight, you should gain 28-40 pounds during your pregnancy. If you are having more than one baby, the amount of weight you should gain is higher. Your doctor will be monitoring your weight gain. If you have any questions or concerns, make sure you discuss it with your doctor at your next appointment.
If you have a normal healthy pregnancy you can go on with your ordinary life. If you strain yourself you will feel it before you miscarry. The longer the pregnancy goes there are things you will not be able to do so it solves itself. It's a myth that exercise leads to miscarriage: "Too much exercise can cause miscarriage." Many women avoid exercise during pregnancy out of fear the baby may be harmed. Exercise is actually very good for you and the baby. You should always ask your doctor about your particular routine and follow some safety rules, such as staying hydrated and not overdoing it. Again, if there are complications, you may be told to take it easy. But unless the pregnancy is already threatened, there is no harm in exercise. Se more in related link below.
I have found an excellent website that will answer all of your "weight-gain-during-pregnancy" questions. The link is: http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/eatingfortwo.html It's The American Pregnancy Association's website's section on weight gain during pregnancy, but I think the advice there is good all over the world!!!
Purgatives, the type of laxatives (herbal or otherwise) that cause the muscles of the bowel to greater action, are not safe during pregnancy because they may stimulate the uterus as well. When it comes to regularity during pregnancy, you are far safer sticking to your healthy foods that include soluble and insoluble fibre and drinking plenty of water. Also moderate exercise is good too, but consult your physician on how much is safe for you and your pregnancy.
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