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5 Exercise Tips for Busy Pregnant Moms

by Alison Wood | January 29, 2013 12:00 AM
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Racing to the prenatal appointments, tossing and turning during the night, endless trips to the bathroom, extra trips to the refrigerator, cruising the mall for baby gear, clicking and registering online for the cutest baby decor in town -- surely all these activities are going to add up and get your exercise needs in throughout your nine months of preparing for your little bambino's arrival, right?

You want the truth, right? Then as tough as it sounds, most likely you are only burning nominal calories will all the "getting ready for baby" tasks you have been completing.

Every woman looks forward to the day when she can lose the baby weight regain her feminine figure and fit back in her favorite shirt. No more "big bump" days and you can hug your hubby without reaching around a mountain. Those days will come, but your feminine silhouette will return more quickly if you take time to exercise now. Not only will you look better, you will feel better too!

Exercise during pregnancy increases your stamina during labor, ensures a better night's rest, boosts your energy levels, eases many discomforts of pregnancy, improves your self image and reducess everyday stress, Sounds too good to be true, eh? There are too many benefits to exercising to sit around and let the opportunities for calorie-burning pass you by!

Busy mommies-to-be need some extra creativity to squeeze in exercise routines throughout the week. Here are 5 easy ways to schedule some oxygen-circulating, muscle building activities into your over-scheduled life.

1. Wake Up Earlier.

Set the alarm for 40 minutes earlier for your normal wake time. This will ensure you have enough time put on your exercise gear and grab your drinking water before the set time for exercise. Try to walk, do low-impact aerobics, ride your bike, or any other exercise that is considered safe during pregnancy. Remember to stay hydrated and slow down if you become overly exhausted!

2. Turn Off the T.V.

Yep. It's true. Hours spent watching the television are exactly that -- hours spent watching the television. Not much has been accomplished, and you are still in an less-than desirable, pregnant state-of-body. Push the off button and go for a walk. Cold or rainy outside? Turn on music that inspires you to move, and begin your favorite work out.

3. Seize the opportunities!

If you are doing your weekly grocery shopping, park farther away from the front of the store and burn a few more calories. Take stairs instead of the elevator when going to work or shopping in retail stores. If you have to stay off your feet, grab some small weights and do bicep curls. If you already have some other kiddos running around, get involved during their playtime. Play tag with the little ones, push them on their small trike or just spin and twirl with the kids to some happy tunes. Use the wooden sandbox ledge at the park for a step for an effective step-aerobic workout. Keep your heart rate up and the calories will disappear!

4. Order Exercise DVDs.

Getting to the gym every day is not always feasible for a busy mom-to-be. Enjoy the privacy of your home and buy a workout program that is safe during pregnancy. During super-busy days, complete half of the workout in the morning and half during the early evening. Exercising too late at night can inhibit sleep.

5. Take a dip.

If you are with child during the warmer months, hit the pool for a safe and fun workout. Swimming is low impact so there is no need to be concerned about joint pain. Women in their third trimester will enjoy the weightless sensation this activity provides.

As with any exercise routine during pregnancy, check with your physician first before beginning any program that is considered anything more than low-impact. Also, remember to stretch and cool down before and after exercise. Enjoy the benefits your body is about to experience as you begin to turn your body into a calorie-burning machine!

Alison Wood is a stay-at-home mom of six and freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys raising her six children and desires to share her experiences to help other mothers.

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