Pregnancy is an exciting, albeit stressful, time for many women. One of the most common things we see in pregnant women is the desire to remain fit during pregnancy. This can be tough for many reasons, but it’s a very achievable goal when armed with the proper tips and information.
Board-certified gynecologist and obstetrician Christopher Serrano at Serrano OBGYN takes pride in providing his patients with thorough and accommodating care during pregnancy, and he can help you stay fit during the process.
Staying fit during pregnancy depends heavily on the shape you were in before you got pregnant, the various types of activities your body is comfortable performing, and your overall health during your pregnancy. The following can set the stage for a healthy, fit pregnancy.
Pregnancy cravings are something nearly every expectant mother struggles with, and the cravings can make it difficult to maintain a healthy diet. Focus on getting the proper nutrients in your body, such as healthy proteins, fats, and carbs. It’s OK to give in to your cravings occasionally, but remember that moderation is key.
Dr. Serrano may recommend a prenatal vitamin to ensure you’re getting the proper nutrients your body needs.
Having the energy to exercise during pregnancy can be a challenge, but it’s key to staying fit during your pregnancy. It’s important to be cognizant that not all forms of exercise are recommended during pregnancy.
Stick with low-impact aerobics, stretching, and cardio. Lightweight training is OK, but you should speak directly with Dr. Serrano about a specific fitness regimen that fits your needs and is safe during pregnancy.
Staying motivated to exercise during your pregnancy is easier when you’ve got the help of a workout buddy. Lean on each other for the motivation you need to stay active.
Maintaining a proper sleep schedule is crucial to your overall health during your pregnancy, and doing so helps you stay fit as well. Try practicing calming exercises before bedtime, such as meditation or reading, to help put your mind at ease. If you’re experiencing anxiety or stress during your pregnancy that’s causing you to lose sleep, speak with Dr. Serrano about your options.
Proper hydration is critical to your health during pregnancy, and it can help you maintain a healthy weight. Make sure you’re drinking an ample amount of water — ideally 10 cups per day — and cut out drinks high in calories, such as fruit juices.
Activiating your deep core muscles through exercise during pregnancy can help you stay fit. It can also aid in reducing back pain and can make your delivery easier. While traditional crunches aren’t recommended during pregnancy, Pilates is a great form of exercise that targets your core without discomfort.
If you’re pregnant or trying to become pregnant and would like to learn more, call the San Antonio, Texas, office of Serrano OBGYN, today or request an appointment online.