3 Great Summer Activities for Pregnant Women
The summer isn't my favorite season. and when I was pregnant, I disliked it even more. The heat and humidity, paired with a growing, uncomfortable body were just not my cup of tea. I tried to keep up an exercise routine that my doctor had OK'd, but the heat just killed all my drive.
If you're trying to keep up your activities in the summer, it's not impossible. I found that doing certain activities made working out during the summer more tolerable, and we all know exercise is good for you during pregnancy.
If you've spoken with your care provider and they've given you the green light to exercise, talk to them about doing one of these three activities that are just so much easier to do when it's hot outside.
Swimming was always my fitness activity of choice when I was pregnant because being in the water helped me feel weightless, and when you're eight months pregnant and feeling it, the water is always welcome. Swimming is a full-body workout; and in the summer, it's the perfect way to keep fit and cool down.
When you're walking at a slow pace, it may seem like you're not doing enough, but it's really great exercise. You can find an eye-candy park to stroll through with your partner or a friend, or you can enjoy the time by yourself and listen to your body for when to take a break.
Yoga has many benefits, and during pregnancy, it can help keep your energy up and prepare you for labor and delivery. There are some precautions you should take when you're pregnant, however, and there are some moves that you may not be able to do. But finding a qualified studio in your area is a great way to keep fit in the summer.
Here are some precautions to take while working out during pregnancy:
Always drink your water. Dehydration and pregnancy don't mix. So drink your water! Fill up a travel water cup and make sure you sip on it throughout your workout. You don't want to wait until you feel thirsty because, by the time you are, you may already start to feel the effects of dehydration.
Exercise when it's cooler out. You don't want to have to worry about the effects of the summer heat; avoid the hottest part of the day: noon through 3 o'clock. Try to get your fitness on when it's early in the morning or, if you have the energy, wait until the sun goes down.
Get your doctor's OK first. Exercise isn't harmful to most pregnant women, but you should always talk with your care provider before you start a new routine. They can offer tips to make sure you're doing it safely and can let you know what you should watch out for.
What exercises are your favorite during the summer? Share in the comments!