Best Home Exercise Equipment For Pregnancy (Tips and Advice)

We should not take pregnancy and exercise as opposites but as something which compliments each other. It is a known fact that it is natural for a pregnant mother to put on weight during pregnancy, but this weight gain must be maintained at all times. It will be easier to get rid of this excess weight after the child is born.

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Many women or even men believe that when a woman gets pregnant, it will make the woman out of shape and feel that they will not get back to the body they once were. We need to remove this image from our minds. As you can see, many actresses and celebrities have gotten back into shape after they have delivered their child. So if they can do it, so can you.

Even when writing this post, a mother of three, Mrs. Kokilam Kathiravalu from Malaysia, was one of Mrs. World’s 2019 beauty pageant’s top three winners. Please read it here.

In pregnancy exercise, one more thing should always be at the advice of a medical doctor, and mainly you should know if you are fit to exercise. He will give the right workout plans for pregnancy.

There is this traditional belief that a pregnant woman should not do exercise or any heavy work. In the olden days, it is difficult to get a doctor if you fall ‘sick,’ so the best is to stay away from all activities. Today, this is not the case anymore as there are so many doctors who can attend to you timely if there are any complications or queries.

And it is a fact a healthy mother will lead to easier natural delivery and towards a healthy, jovial baby.

Healthy Pregnancy Habits

Some pregnant women have this yearning to eat or doing something. Some will eat more than usual, whether healthy or junk food, to smoke to reduce stress or others and some on alcohol. These are all terrible habits that need to be restrained for the mother and the baby’s good.

So they should incorporate proper nutrition and healthy workouts into their daily life. The partner should play an active role together. He should give all the support and motivations possible at all times.

Eat lots of fruits and vegetables to get what is necessary for both of you. Try not to depend much on pills or supplements. Eating as healthy as natural as possible is the best. There is also a tendency for some to be couch potatoes. They will try to get the partner to do most of the things around. Some say this is their chance of ‘bullying’ the partner.

But never be a couch potato. Please do the workouts as before you were pregnant and, if you had been an active person, you should be able to assess yourself on how much exercise you can do. But then there is some woman who goes through bad vomiting or morning sickness. It is you who knows the best about what you should do. Never sit down and do nothing.

Some housework where you need to bend and twist a little is okay. But always remember during this pregnancy period to do things in moderation. Never exert yourself or do high-impact exercises or work. Even a racket game is not advisable where you are out of balance.

So maintaining a good workout routine during the pregnancy period will keep you healthy, happy and motivated.

Exercises During Pregnancy

Brisk walking is one of the best exercises you can do. Your husband, or if you have other children, can tag along. This activity is suitable for family bonding and time together. Pick unfamiliar places every day, so you will not get bored. A beautiful environment or a different park will be good for excitement and happiness.

But depending on where you are staying, high-rise buildings or apartments, it would not be easy to find some suitable walking place. You can always get a treadmill or an elliptical machine to work out. Both are low-impact machines. Working out on them will be one of the safest forms of exercise, and whenever you feel like it, you can workout.

Next is in the swimming pool where you can swim lightly or walk in the water. Again your children or other children jumping, shouting or diving will give you joy too. Watching them play is so wonderful.

The key here is variable daily activities and places. The smell of natural fresh air, flowers, and nature will do wonders.

Coming back to home or gym exercises, if you were highly active before your pregnancy, you might miss your cardio sessions where blood circulation and an excellent heart-pumping activity will be right for you and the baby. This is where gentle hiking or brisk walking comes in handy.

If this is difficult, you can also get a home exercise bike or other home fitness equipment to get some cardio exercises. A stationary bike is a beautiful way to give you a good sweat.

No matter how active you were before you were pregnant, try to restrain yourself from active sports like skipping, full gym workouts, running, and other bumping sports. Avoid strenuous activities, but a little strength training is OK as long as it’s done at a very minimum.

You may have heard, or maybe you are going through it, that the back, neck, legs ache during pregnancy, especially during the later pregnancy stage. So an excellent moderate workout involving all these muscles will reduce all these aches. If good posture is maintained, all this discomfort will lessen.

Again, get expert medical advice on the best types of exercises and how they should get done. Just be careful and don’t overdo. Daily movement and not being idle is essential.

Exercises After Pregnancy

Now with all the activities done to get yourself in good controlled shape and not gain unwanted fats around the body, and with the beautiful baby’s delivery, what is next to get back to your beautiful self before pregnancy?

It will not be easy, but persistence and regular activity, and the correct nutrition will get you what you want. Your mindset should be in the right state first. It’s what you want is what will happen. Remember, many celebrities are back to normal after delivery.

Think of this for a moment. You are back to standard body shape but with the addition of a healthy and joyful baby. What else a woman wants?

Depending on if it’s a standard delivery or caesarian, you can be back to a slow workout after a few weeks. Usually, with standard delivery, the mother can start some light activities after two or three weeks. Give about two or three months to start an exercise program.

Go for all the daily light activities you can do initially, like slow walking. Monitor yourself if you increase the intensity. You can start some light home exercises like using home fitness equipment most suited to you. A treadmill that has variable speed and inclination will be okay. Even a stationary bike with music or TV with entertainment will do wonders.

It will amaze you at how well you have done within six months. You will be the envy of most mothers. Note that a child’s birth does not ‘cage’ you to living a life with an out-of-shape body. You can have many babies and have the same body shape if you follow closely on the activities.

You will inculcate the determination, persistence, discipline, and effort you have gone through to the child. Medical science has proven what a mother does during the pregnancy period is what the child picks up. These are all excellent qualities a child will pick up. Who knows, he or she will be a talented athlete one day.

Beautiful mother and a beautiful baby

One best thing about being in shape after pregnancy is that you get to use back all the dresses, pants, and others you have not used for some time.

The incredible feeling of the nine months, delivering of the baby, and getting back into your usual self or better will be one memory a mother will never forget so will it be for the father.

In Summary

Remove the taught of once you have a baby you will lose your beauty and people will not see you the same anymore. Always have this picture in your mind that if others, after having babies, looks like a lady who is not married, can look so beautiful, so can you.

What you need is just a healthy mindset with determination and persistence to follow all the activities. It is OK to let go and enjoy what you yearn for during pregnancy but in a steady-state. Always be conscious of what you are eating or ‘inappropriate activities you are doing,’ and you can never be wrong.

A beautiful mother with a beautiful baby, that is you.

Mothers and would-be mothers, are you doing activities you would like to share in this post to benefit other would-be mothers? Please share your experience below in the comments section.

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