It is not necessary to quit exercises when you are pregnant. Amongst other things, you will need to strengthen and tone your abdominal muscles and your torsos before, during and after pregnancy.
You need a strong back and abdomen to prevent any injury to your back or to develop poor posture throughout your pregnancy.You will also need to strengthen the muscles in the side of your body also need to be strong to support the growing uterus and prevent any stress to your body. One of the best ways to strengthen your torso without putting a strain on your pelvis and knees is by exercising on a fitness ball.
Just sitting on a fitness ball will engage all your muscles that support your growing uterus. Inflate the ball to the right size and sit on it as much as possible throughout the day. Remember to take a break and rest our back in case you feel any discomfort while strengthening your core.
While purchasing a fitness ball purchase one that fits your height and store it well. When you sit on the fitness ball your knees should be in line with your hips and perpendicular with your ankles. For exercising, sit comfortably on the ball, inhale deeply and allow your abdomen to expand.
As you exhale, contract your abdominal muscle as if you are pulling your belly button towards your spine. Repeat this about 20 times, take a break and repeat again. You can also place the ball against the wall close to your lower back and bend your knees. Perform this breathing exercise, remember to maintain a comfortable distance between your feet and while you bend, see to it that your knee is parallel to the floor.
You can also use the fitness ball to practice Kegel exercises, which will basically help you strengthen and tone pelvic muscles. This will help you feel comfortable during the later stages of your pregnancy, prevent any urinary incontinence and helps your body heal after episotomy faster.
While exercising during your pregnancy you may start panting faster than you normally would, this is because your brain will want to regulate the carbon dioxide levels in the body. If the carbon dioxide level in the body has increased your brains will advise the respiratory system to take in more oxygen so that your baby can breath peacefully.