8 Best Exercises for Pregnant Women ...

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Exercises for pregnant women — now that sounds like fun, right?

Most of us think that during pregnancy, a woman ought to take it easy, but that’s not true!

It’s important for mama and for baby that mama stays fit throughout her 40 weeks.

Why?

Well, a fitter mama can expect a quicker post-partum recovery, and she’ll have more energy, too!2

Yay!

But how to stay fit while expecting… I can help!

Here are my picks for the 8 best exercises for pregnant women — I did these all while I was pregnant with my two daughters, and I can tell you, they helped!

1. Yoga

Yoga is good for anyone’s body, literally — elderly people, children, football players, ballerinas, and yes, even expectant mothers.

It’s calming.

It’s an excellent stress reliever.

It improves balance and focus and flexibility.

It’s low-impact.

But it’s still a marvelous exercise.

Perfect!

2. Swimming

This is another low-impact exercise for pregnant women, or anyone else for that matter, including anyone with weak joints.

The pregnancy wobbles float away in the water, and it’s such a good cardio workout.

3. Stretching

Like yoga, stretching exercises can help with flexibility and with pain management, making it an excellent exercise for pregnant women.

I really enjoyed the Leisa Hart's FitMama - Prenatal Workout DVD while I was pregnant because it had so much stretching in it!

4. Walking

Don’t underestimate the power of a brisk walk!

If you’re a pregnant woman looking for a simple, healthful exercise to do, one that’s good cardio and weight-bearing, then this is it!

Lace up a good, supportive pair of walking shoes, grab a bottle of water, and take a walk!

5. Dancing!

While I was pregnant, I loved dancing.

Somehow, it made me feel graceful, when most of the time, I felt like a clumsy elephant.

It also got my heart thumping, and improved my mood and balance.

Pop in a good dance mix CD or upload your favorite dance playlist, and go for it!2

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