Summer is a great time to be pregnant (no, we’re not joking!). With long days and warmer weather, now is a perfect time to get out of the house, break free from the gym, and enjoy healthy activities. If you were physically active before your pregnancy, you should be able to continue your activity with modifications as necessary. With your doctor’s approval, you can also try some new things that perhaps you haven’t done before.
There are several great ways to stay fit, have fun, and make the most of the summer months:
– Walking: Feel the sand in your toes at the beach or explore nature trails. Enjoy the scenery!
– Swimming: Stay fit, cool off, and take the nagging pressure off your sciatic nerve.
– Yoga: Try outdoor yoga to connect with yourself and nature. Break free from stress!
– Golf: Take a lesson to adjust your swing as your belly gets larger, and to protect your back and joints.
– Hiking: Explore gentle hills with scenic vistas. Now is not the time to tackle mountain summits!
– Low-impact activities: Get outside and get moving. Just play safely and don’t let your heart rate exceed 140 beats per minute.
What to Avoid
You want to skip certain common exercises and activities during the summer such as surfing, where waves can cause harm, or contact sports where there is a risk of physical impact. Your center of balance may be off in your second and third trimesters, which could make cycling dangerous as well. Stretching is okay, but don’t push it as hard as you would have when you weren’t pregnant.
While exercising outside during warmer weather, be sure to stay well hydrated. Opt for early morning or late afternoon activities instead of the middle of the day when the sun is strongest. Wear sunscreen and a heart rate monitor. If you feel lightheaded, dizzy, out of breath, cramping, pain, or anything that just “doesn’t feel right,” take a rest. Above all, listen to your body!