Staying in shape during pregnancy is important for a healthy mom and baby. It can make for easier labor, help to improve mood and regulate hormones. But once the temperature starts climbing, many pregnant women have a hard time staying motivated to move. basq has teamed up with one of our favorite fitness guru’s, Mahri Relin, owner of Body Conceptions by Mahri to give you some tips to safely and comfortably exercise- despite the heat!
Every woman and every pregnancy is different. Please consult your physician before trying this or any exercise regimine.
1) Drink lots of water.
Drinking enough water is crucial all year long, but it’s especially crucial in the warmer months. Make sure that you drink water before, during, and after you exercise, and keep water with you all day. Don’t wait to feel thirsty, but keep yourself hydrated at regular intervals. Pregnant women require more water than the average person since water is important for the development of the placenta and the amniotic sac in addition to many other aspects of the healthy development of your baby.
2) Try doing your workouts in the morning.
Especially if you exercise outside, working out in the morning can help prevent you from becoming overheated in the hottest part of the day. In addition, you’ll quickly realize that you get tired by early evening. Exercising in the morning is a great way to take advantage of your higher energy levels, and it could boost your mood for the rest of the day. Of course, every person is different, and everyone has schedule challenges. Try to find times you know will work best for you so that you won’t be tempted to back out of your exercise routine repeatedly (unless you need to!).
3) Your joints are a bit looser. Strengthen your muscles and avoid uneven terrain.
Your body releases the pregnancy hormone, relaxin, which loosens your ligaments and tendons. Working out outside is one of the joys of warmer weather, but the presence of relaxin can make you more vulnerable to twisting an ankle or straining a knee. Just make sure you pay attention to your footing, and don’t try new exercises that require rapid shifts of weight or changes in direction. Also focus on exercise that stabilizes your joints by strengthening the muscles around your knees, ankles and hips.
4) Every pregnancy is different. Listen closely to your body – and try kicking up the A/C!
Your individual pregnancy will be different from everyone else’s. Listen very closely to the signals your body gives you – you’ll know exactly when something doesn’t feel right for you – and don’t worry about anyone else’s experience. This is especially true as the weather gets warmer and some of the fitness classes you once enjoyed start feeling too hot for you or become too difficult as your pregnancy progresses. Look for fitness classes specifically designed for pregnancy. Or hire a fitness trainer to come to your home who makes you feel safe and comfortable. Another great option is to put on a pregnancy exercise video in your living room, kick up the A/C, and do the workout at your own pace. You’ll thank yourself for getting your body moving!